TUC Sponsored Programs

Purchasing

Applications

Purchase Orders are used for the following activities:

  • Ordering of goods & services* from an external vendor
  • Maintenance Agreements
  • Service Calls

* Exceptions: Services from individuals are ordered through a 'Request for Independent Contractor'

For purchases of less than $10,000** the use of a Purchase Order is optional

For purchases equal to or more than $10,000** the use of a Purchase Order is required

** including freight, shipping and handling fees, and taxes

Required Quotes/Bids or Sole Source Justifications

Purchase Orders must be accompanied by Quotes/Bids or a Sole Source Documentation depending on their amount:

Purchases less than $10,000:*
Quotes/Bids or a Sole Source Justification is not required
Purchases equal to or more than $10,000, but less than $15,000: *
3 price quotations, by telephone or in writing or a Sole Source Justification is required
Purchases equal to or more than $15,000, but less than $75,000:*
3 price quotations in writing or a Sole Source Justification is required
Purchases equal to or more than $75,000: *
3 formal bids based on written specifications or a Sole Source Justification is required

* including freight, shipping and handling fees, and taxes

Processing Time

Please submit the complete documentation (including Quotes/Bids or a Sole Source Justification) to TUC:

  • 4 days before the mailing to vendor
  • 3 days before pick-up at TUC

Ordering Options

  • TUC can mail the Purchase Order to the vendor
  • The Principal Investigator can pick up the Purchase Order at TUC
  • After submittal of a Purchase Order, TUC can provide the Purchase Order Number over the phone to the Principal Investigator or Research Administrator.

Sales Tax

If a sales/use tax that needed to be charged was not included in the Purchase Order/Check Request, TUC will automatically calculate and include the amount. (for details see Sales/Use Tax)

Identification

TUC will assign each Purchase Order with a 5 digit Purchase Order Number (TUC-XXXXX)

Encumbrance

All Purchase Orders will be encumbered, this means a preliminary charge is made to the project, committing project funds and making them unavailable for other purchases.

Incremental Fulfillment of the Purchase Order

TUC monitors of partial and incremental payments to vendor via log maintained by Monitoring

Maintenance/ Adjustments to the Purchase Order

Maintaining, updating and closing out incorrect encumbrances result in a more accurate picture of the financial standing of the project and free up committed funds for other uses. It is therefore necessary to periodically review all outstanding encumbrances:

Once a Purchase Order is submitted to TUC and encumbered in the project changes/adjustments can be made as follows:

Changes that do not effect expenditures:
Submit a memo or email to TUC
The vendor invoice will be lower than the Purchase Order:
Submit a memo or email to TUC
The vendor invoice will exceed the Purchase Order by less than $50:
No action is necessary.
The vendor invoice will exceed the Purchase Order by equal to or more than $200, but less than $1,000:
Submit a Check Request for the differential amount (refer to the Purchase Order Number) The vendor invoice will exceed the Purchase Order by equal to or more than $1,000: Submit a Purchase Order for new total amount, and a Check Request (xls) for the differential amount. Both Purchase Order and Check Request must contain a reference to the original Purchase Order Number.

Note: The new total amount of the Purchase Order determines if a a Quote/Bid or Sole Source Justification (doc) will be required.

Manual Closeout of Purchase Orders

Once the goods and services ordered in the Purchase Order (xls) have been delivered and the vendor invoice has been paid in full, Purchase Order are automatically closed out. However, residual amounts of open Purchase Orders will remain encumbered, until the Principal Investigator closes them out.

Potential Causes

The final amount invoiced by the vendor is smaller than the Purchase Order (xls)

Products or services partially or completely unavailable

Required Action

Send a memo or an email to TUC closing out the the Purchase Order