The mission of the Division of Purchasing (DOP) is to maximize value received by state agencies in the acquisition of property through fair, open, ethical, transparent competition.
The Division of Purchasing is generally responsible for procuring goods and services with a total value of $10,000 or more for state executive agencies. DOP also provides procurement training. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division of Purchasing is in the midst of the “Negotiated Rulemaking” process in order to promulgate rules (within IDAPA 38.05.01 et seq.). Two meetings have already been advertised and held, on June 18th and July 2nd. As a result of those meetings, and additional feedback, DOP has scheduled two more meetings to discuss the development of the rules and to receive comments, as follows: August 3, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and August 20, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Courtroom on the 2nd Floor of the Borah Building, 304 N. 8th St., Boise, Idaho. While DOP is interested in any and all feedback pertaining to suggested Rule modifications, several areas of interest have been identified, including electronic recordkeeping, alternative procurement methodologies, reseller agreements and software renewals. In addition to the regularly scheduled meetings, agencies may request to have a separate meeting with DOP by contacting email@example.com or 208-327-7465.
The Division of Purchasing has moved!
Our new physical address is in the Borah Building:
304 N 8th St, Room 403
Boise, ID 83702
For delivery by the US Postal Service, continue to
use our existing PO Box
Spotlight on Procurement
Recently, an agency learned of the need to go out to bid for a service that had long been provided by the same vendor. The end users were hesitant about the procurement process: after all, they were happy with the services and price they were getting! Through the evaluation process, however, the project manager had an “Aha!” moment: by reading through the proposals from the incumbent and the competition, he suddenly realized that the service he was “happy” with, was not actually all that great. Not only did the winning proposal offer significantly better service, it did so at a savings of 75% off the current cost. Competition really works!
Idaho is a member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). NASPO’s mission is to help its members “achieve success as public procurement leaders in their states through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.” NASPO offers many benefits available to all procurement professionals, including education opportunities, research, and publications. Idaho plays an important leadership role in NASPO: Administrator Sarah Hilderbrand is on the NASPO Board of Directors and recently co-chaired a joint task force between NASPO and NASCIO (the National Association of State Chief Information Officers), and State Purchasing Manager Valerie Bollinger will be the 2018 Chair of the NASPO Western Region. Participation in NASPO helps to ensure that Idaho’s voice is heard within the national organization, and helps to guide the future of public procurement throughout the country.