Tampa, FL January 22, 2013 - The Internal Audit Department released their audit report of the Purchasing Legal Compliance.
The City of Tampa’s Purchasing Department is responsible for “all aspects of the City’s centralized procurement process.” Section 2-276 of the City of Tampa’s Ordinances identifies the requirements of the Purchasing Division for obtaining goods and services. Per Section 2-276, all purchases $100,000 or more require approval from City Council based on a recommendation from the Mayor and only after a formal competitive bidding process has been completed. However, items purchased through an existing “State Contract or Government Purchasing Council (GPC) bid” do not require City Council approval at the time of purchase.
The Director of the Purchasing Department is authorized to make purchases requiring expenditures of less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) without the approval of the City Council. However, these purchases are required to follow the competitive bid process.
Effective November 1, 2003, the City of Tampa became a participant in DemandStar. DemandStar is a program that facilitates broadcasting bid documents to interested vendors, at no cost to the City of Tampa. The interested vendor is required to register, via the Internet, with DemandStar. Vendor cost is $0 for signing up for City of Tampa, only. If vendors are not interested in registering, the bid information is still available for a $5 download fee.
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