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Office of Contracting & Procurement

Office Location
Building 39, 2nd Floor
phone 202.274.5181 | phone 202.274.5432 | email

Office Hours
7:00am – 5:30pm Mon - Fri

OCP is centered on Best Practices, Innovation, Pragmatism and Collaboration.  Our goal is to build and maintain excellent team relationships with the University community.  OCP advocates independence rather than dependency. 


Major Elements of the OCP Process

The contracting and procurement process for the University is organized into four primary

  • Minimum Need and Funding (agency responsibility)
  • Procure Goods and Services (OCP responsibility)
  • Administer Contract (Joint Agency (COTR)/OCP responsibility)
  • Closeout Contract (OCP/COTR responsibility)

Procuring Goods and Services

Goods and services are procured by one of the following methods:

  • Small Purchases: Request for Quotes (RFQ) - This process is used for purchases under the small purchase threshold of $100,000.
  • Competitive Sealed Bids: Invitation for Bids (IFB) - This process is used for purchases over the small purchase threshold of $100,000.
  • Competitive Sealed Proposals: Request for Proposals (RFP) - This process is used only when you cannot specify a solution.
  • Use of Existing Contract(s)
  • Sole Source Procurement  - There is only one source for the procurement.
  • Purchase Card Procedures - Up to $2,500

The Department is responsible for the development of specifications for goods or services.  OCP is available to assist in developing the Scope of Work and/or Specifications to ensure an open, biddable solicitation that allows the University to take full advantage of the competitive marketplace and thereby receive the best value.

The Department Procurement Package

When a requisition is processed and funds are certified as available, the Contracting Officer will receive a procurement package from the Department.  The procurement package should include:

  • A Scope of Work (SOW), Detailed Specifications
  • Justification
  • An Independent Government Estimate (IGE) (if applicable)
  • Certification of funds (i.e. a requisition in the PASS or certification of funding signed by the Agency Chief Financial Officer (CFO))
  • Identify deliverables (when applicable)
  • List requirements (when applicable)
  • Evaluation criteria (when applicable)
  • Bidders List (list of potential offerors), (when applicable))
  • Recommendation of a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR)

A detailed flowchart will appear here.