Procurement Manual


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A Note from the Procurement and Travel Services Department

This manual is designed for GW staff and faculty involved in requesting, ordering, receiving, and/or paying for goods or services needed by departments and schools.  It is a guide to the tasks and responsibilities of employees who play a role helping maintain the university’s reputation for fairness and integrity in procurement practices.

To have an outstanding procurement program, all personnel involved must work as a team, and cooperation between the various functions is vital. Those individuals whose duties require them to become a part of the acquisition function must be aware of the responsibilities delegated to them in their role as an agent for their school/department; and with the Procurement staff who can help them through the procurement process.

This guide will serve as a general framework within which consistent, sound business decisions can be made. The policies and procedures outlined in this manual are all within the context of the university, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and other governing sources.

Please note that the goal is to procure materials, supplies, equipment and services deemed to be the best value. To achieve this objective, the university needs to seek, within reason, as much competition as possible. This requires all players in the process to adopt the value of fairness so that the process is open to all those who want to compete for our business.

Each person involved in procurement strives to ensure that integrity and sound business practices are woven throughout the procurement cycle in order to maintain a position of unquestioned ethics in the transaction of university business.

Finally, we welcome your comments or suggestions for improvements and these may be incorporated in future revisions of these procedures.

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.

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. 

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.

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.