Low-Value Purchase Authorization & Transactions
The authority to purchase common goods and services from Suppliers up to $10,000.00 per transaction has been granted by UC Berkeley's Chief Procurement Officer to departments.
Common goods and services are goods, materials, supplies, and services that are readily obtainable through conventional commercial retail channels. Examples include consumer electronics, consumable goods, photocopying, printing, or other services that are available to the general public that does not require a contract.
Employees are able to create purchase requests (requisitions) for goods or services in BearBUY or by using a Procurement Card. Support for low-value transactions is provided by Berkeley Regional Services. Support for high-value purchases or contracts with Special Considerations (outlined below) is provided by Supply Chain Management (SCM).
Transactions shall not be artificially divided to falsely create multiple small purchase orders (PO) under the low-value purchase authorization limit. Improper use of "splitting" POs or procurement card transactions by an employee may be grounds for disciplinary action and may result in the cancellation of the individual's procurement card.