In a continuing effort to meet its Zero Waste goal, the university has prohibited the sale, procurement and distribution of packaging foam as of Jan. 1, 2020. The ban applies systemwide, with the exception of laboratory or medical products.
Intended for UCLA faculty and staff, the show will feature over 70 suppliers that have been awarded long-term strategically sourced agreements that provide UCLA the best blend of pricing, service and quality.
Effective August 1, 2019, Dell is ending its agreement with reseller KST Data where UCLA has received contract pricing on Dell products whether direct from Dell or through KST Data. The new UC-wide agreement with Dell does not require that Dell provide the same pricing to UC whether selling directly or through a reseller. KST Data and other resellers still can sell Dell product to UCLA, but not with pricing from the UC – Dell agreement.
UCLA is working with two electronic payment networks, Paymode-X (through BNY-Mellon and Bottomline Technologies) and Payment Plus (through US Bank), to enhance our payment processes and provide more efficient and secure methods to pay our suppliers. With an increase in EFT fraud attempts in recent years targeting Higher Education, UCLA is working to protect the University and suppliers from the risk of electronic fraud.
Major Changes in the Uniform Guidance (UG) Affecting Purchases Using Federal Funds
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has combined many federal circulars into a single guidance document that may be used by all federal agencies. These new regulations became effective December 26, 2014 for all guidance except for purchasing. The purchasing changes became effective on July 1, 2018. Funding agency policy may have its own OMB approved deviations and should still be reviewed for their specific requirements.
The attached Guidelines on Contracting for Services updates the 2002 Presidential Policy and Guidelines on Contracting for Services, in response to the August 2017 California State Auditor’s report on services contracts. The updated guidelines call for a thoughtful process review with the Chancellor or designated Vice Chancellor to make decisions regarding any contracting for services where University employees would be displaced, with review by the Office of the President as appropriate.
UCLA Purchasing wants to alert the campus community about an aggressive and organized email scam involving Purchase Orders (POs) among Higher Educational institutions.
The scam involves pretending to be UCLA (or another Higher Ed institute) and placing orders with legitimate-looking POs for deliveries sent to non-university addresses. Products are shipped to off-campus locations where a fake “purchasing manager” would pick up the product personally.