Procurement Manual

Chapter 1 - Introduction

The procedures described in this manual have been prepared to ensure the best possible service to all concerned at George Washington University (GW) and are a summary guide for GW faculty and staff engaged in procurement activities. The manual clarifies policies and objectives necessary to procure goods and services for our schools and departments as expediently as possible and at the best value for the university.

1.1 Procurement and Travel Services Department

The Procurement and Travel Services Department (Procurement) is ready to assist university schools and departments in obtaining quality goods and services at competitive prices with responsive and responsible service while ensuring timely delivery. The Procurement staff, which primarily consists of buyers, specialists and analysts, has been assigned responsibilities to support procurement activities on behalf of GW. 

1.2 How to Contact Procurement

Procurement is a support department whose major goal is to help all GW schools and departments through the purchasing cycle. To this end, Procurement has been divided into teams dedicated to Goods and Services. A current listing of team and commodity assignments is maintained on the departmental website at: The Procurement Team.

1.3 GW Procurement Code of Ethics

In all of their personal and professional dealings with schools, departments, and the supplier community, all employees of the university shall be guided by the conduct and disciplinary provisions of the GW Procurement Code of Ethics.