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Purchasing Division Announces 7th Annual Open House for State Agencies
The West Virginia Purchasing Division invites all state agency procurement employees to join us at our offices on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for the 7th Annual Purchasing Division Open House. All state procurement employees are encouraged to attend anywhere from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at our location in Building 15 of the West Virginia Capitol Complex at 2019 Washington St., E., Charleston. Procurement officers are invited to bring any related materials they would like to discuss with their designated Purchasing Division buyer. In addition to a day of meeting and networking with Purchasing Division staff, the division will also conduct three 40-minute informational sessions. Topics for these sessions feature information for employees new to purchasing, a session on changing state procurement rules, and a session on what state agencies need to anticipate when the Purchasing Division Inspection Services Unit performs its review at your office. For more information, please read the April 2014 issue of the The Buyers Network.


New Surplus Property Operations Manual Posted Online
The Purchasing Division has posted its newest publication, the Surplus Property Operations Manual, which combines the former West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property Reference Manual and the Inventory Management and WVFIMS Fixed Assets Training Manual.  This updated manual has been created to provide state agency personnel with updated information on the Surplus Property processes, as well as asset management guidelines and fixed asset training procedures.  It may be reviewed by following the direct menu link at WVSurplus.gov.


Multiple Award Determination (Form WV-70) Created and Available to State Agencies
West Virginia Code requires the Purchasing Division to determine in writing that an award to multiple vendors is in the best interest of the state by considering various factors.  To ensure consistency in this determination among all agencies, the Purchasing Division has created the Multiple Award Determination Form (WV-70) for agencies to use when requesting that a contract be awarded to more than one vendor.  Agencies submitting requisitions to the Purchasing Division which include a request to award the contract to more than one vendor must also include this new form.  The Purchasing Division Director may approve or deny the request before the requisition can proceed.  The form is available to state agency employees on the Purchasing Division intranet site under "Purchasing Forms."


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2014 In-House Training Program Schedule Released
The West Virginia Purchasing Division is pleased to share its 2014 In-House Training program schedule. The In-House Training Program offers agency purchasers the opportunity to attend training sessions spanning one to six hours in length which cover a variety of purchasing-related topics.

Workshops offered include, but are not limited to:  An Introduction to West Virginia's State Purchasing Process, a day-long session teaching the basics of the state purchasing process to individuals with two years or less procurement experience; Best-Value Procurements; Implementing Special Purchases; Legal Responsibilities of Contracting; Purchasing for the Non-Purchasing Manager; Solicitation Process:  From Pre-Planning to Award.

These sessions are free to all agency purchasers who are required to procure under West Virginia Code §5A-3 and are conducted at the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston.  Space is limited and registration is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information or to register for these trainings, you may contact Staff Development Specialist Samantha Knapp at (304) 558-7022 or view a copy of the 2014 In-House Training Program Registration Form and Workshop Summary.


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