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The Purchasing Department at Idaho State University adds value to the procurement process by developing strategic relationships with our campus customers and suppliers.  By combining best business practices with the requirements of state statutes, competitive requirements are met and best value is obtained for the University.

Costco Membership Card

Do you shop at Costco for the department? If so, you can check out an ISU Costco membership card from several locations.  You must have both your PCard the Costco card to receive a tax exemption. The membership cards can be checked out (for a 24 hour period) from the following people:

Purchasing, 208-282-3111
Idaho Falls
Currently No Membership Card
Twin Falls
Currently No Membership Card
Janet Renk 208-373-1824

State of Idaho Open Contracts

The Idaho State Legislature passed July 1, 2016, the "State Procurement Act".  The new law allows ISU to use non-contracted vendors when "...the property to be acquired may be procured at equal or less expense..." than the contracted vendor. Documentation of the "equal or less expense" is required for each transaction. Please read the Memo dated November 1, 2016, "ISU Departments Using State of Idaho Open Contracts", for specifics. (link below)


Procurement changes for those spending Federal funds effective July 1, 2018

Uniform Guidance CFR Chapter II Part 200 Procurement Standards will be effective July 1, 2018.  Uniform Guidance governs the requirements and procedures for spending Federal funds.


Uniform Guidance CFR Chapter II Part 200.317-326

Uniform Guidance CFR


Chart explaining the changes from OMB Circular A-110 to Uniform Guidance 200

The change that will have the greatest affect is the loss of exemptions, most notably the Scientific Equipment for Research and Educational Discount.  We have alternate procedures, please call our office x3111 and speak to a Buyer for details. Uniform Guidance 200 Comparison


Flowchart showing the Procurement Method Determination

The dollar amount of the acquisition determines the type of solicitation required.  This flowchart shows the procedure and estimated time line required for a purchase of less than $10,000, an Informal Solicitation and a Formal Solicitation.

Procurement Method Determination