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Purchasing Division Introduces Mobile Device
The Purchasing Division is pleased to announce that its new mobile application is available for download on both the Google Play Store
and the Apple App Store. This app serves as a central, on-the-go hub for procurement information for both the vendor community and agency procurement employees, increasing the availability of information already on the division's websites, such as WVPurchasing.gov and WVSurplus.gov. By being available for both Apple iOS-based and Android OS-based devices, the Purchasing Division app can be utilized from a wide range of mobile devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones and tablets and Apple iPhones and iPads.
There are currently sections within the app that cover various aspects of state procurement, accessible through 13 buttons on the app, covering a range of topics. Users can view informational videos for vendors and agency employees as well as streaming videos spotlighting the latest events and programs from the Purchasing Division. In addition, the app allows users to easily view the Purchasing Division’s newsletters, emergency purchasing procedures, state travel guidelines, and resources related to the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property.
The Purchasing Division app was made in-house by the
division's Technical Services Unit. To download the free app, search
for “WV Purchasing Division” on either the Google Play Store or the Apple
Purchasing Division Launches Page Focusing on Upcoming Procurement-Procedure Changes
for Vendor Community
The West Virginia Purchasing Division has created a new section of its website, WVPurchasing.gov, intended to help inform vendors doing business with the State of West Virginia of upcoming changes to state procurement procedures following the implementation of the Vendor Self-Service module of the new wvOASIS ERP system. The wvOASIS Procurement page is aimed specifically at our active vendor community that might currently be using the West Virginia Purchasing Bulletin to learn of advertised solicitations, participating in the competitive bid process, or maintaining an active Vendor Registration file with the West Virginia Purchasing Division.
The wvOASIS Procurement page will be updated by the Purchasing Division as we approach the June 2014 launch date of the VSS module. Please check throughout spring and summer 2014 for information that will assist your company with the upcoming transition. For more information on the wvOASIS project, visit wvOASIS.gov.
New Surplus Property Operations Manual Posted
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
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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