Business Procedures Manual

Essential business procedural components for University System of Georgia institutions.

Section 3 Introduction

(Last Modified on September 5, 2017)

The University System of Georgia (USG) operates in a complex purchasing environment. It is governed by laws of the state of Georgia, policies of the Board of Regents, regulations of the state Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), regulations of the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), and regulations of the Office of the State Treasurer (OST).

Note: OST governs banking services described in BPM Section 9.0, Banking and Investments.

Rules and regulations for purchasing of all other items as prescribed by DOAS, GTA, and BOR policy are contained in this section. The GTA regulations govern all procurements related to information technology, hardware, software, and consulting services. The state Department of Administrative Services governs all other procurements except as exempted by state law, such as library books, medical equipment and supplies, and perishable items, as noted in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), sections 50-5-50 through 50-5-81. These rules and regulations govern purchases from all funds except Agency funds as noted in Section 7.7.1 of the BoR Policy Manual.

Note: Agency funds are described further in BPM Section 14.0, Agency Funds.

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