As defined by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP), PROCUREMENT is defined as the “purchasing, renting, leasing, or otherwise acquiring any supplies, services, or construction; includes all functions that pertain to the acquisition, including description of requirements, selection and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contract, and all phases of contract administration.” Procurement includes the “combined functions of purchasing, inventory control, traffic and transportation, receiving, inspection, storekeeping, salvage and disposal operations.”
In general, all expenses of the University, regardless of the budgetary source, are considered part of the procurement process and are subject to the provisions of the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code and Coastal Carolina University policies and procedures.
The staff of Procurement Services possess a unique blend of business and technical skills required to carry out the procurement process, including:
- assisting University departments with the development of specifications for required goods and services;
- providing acceptable terms and conditions for procurement actions;
- providing the interface with suppliers and vendors in matters of price, quality, delivery, and contract administration; and
- resolving legal and risk management issues, with the aid and direction of the offices of University Counsel and Risk Management, that may arise during various phases of the process.