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About Purchasing at ISU


We are located on the first floor of the Administration Building at Idaho State University, room 114.

Purchasing Services supports the overall mission of Idaho State University by providing a variety of goods and services responsive to the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

We are committed to providing timely and cost-effective service while maintaining the guidelines set forth by ISU and the State of Idaho. Involving us early in high-dollar or complex purchases will yield the best results.

Each buyer is responsible for different purchases at the University. For a breakdown of who buys what, please view our list of assigned commodities.

Contact us with any questions.


  • Consultation
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Procurement process management
  • Contract review and completion
  • Requests for information, proposal, and quotation
  • Negotiation with suppliers
  • Development and administration of strategic, University-wide contracts
  • Administration of the University procurement card program
  • Problem resolution

Guiding Principles

  • Deliver the best overall value that includes the lowest reasonable price
  • Implement best practices for cost containment
  • Operate within a strict code of ethics
  • Ensure procurement compliance with Idaho code
  • Maintain a diverse supplier base
  • Identify and recommend environmentally-responsible purchasing practices

Delegation of Signature Authority

The Purchasing Department has been granted the authority to commit funds on behalf of the University. In most cases, this is done in the form of a purchase order or contract which binds the University and supplier.

With few exceptions, individuals within units are not authorized to enter into contracts or commit University funds. Doing so is not binding to the University and may put the individual at risk of being personally liable for the transaction.

Purchasing Services

(208) 282-3111

Idaho State University

Purchasing Services

921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8110 Pocatello, ID 83209


Administration Building, Room 114


Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT


 Purchasing Deadlines:

Requisitions to encumber FY 2019 funds are to be received by Purchasing Services:

  • No later than March 15 if value of the purchase is $250,000 or greater,
  • No later than May 3 if the value of the purchase is less than $250,000.
  • Grant funded requisitions requiring delivery of goods by the end of June must be received by Purchasing Services no later than March 15.

The last day to create Purchase Orders for FY2019 is June 14. Items ordered for FY 2019 must be received by Jun 28, 2019.

P-Card purchases to encumber FY 2019 funds are to be completed by the following dates:

  • To place order... no later than June 14
  • Orders must be received... no later than June 25
  • P-Card holder must reconcile... no later than June 25
  • Final P-Card approval... no later than July 8



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