Recent Purchasing News Articles

Small Business Resource Fair

 

You are invited to participate in our exclusive event: 2022 Small Business Resource Fair hosted by UCLA Campus Purchasing and UCLA Staff Assembly.

Small Business Resource Fair - Virtually
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

11 AM to 1 PM

RSVP HERE

 

UC Packaging Foam Ban Takes Effect


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.

Campus Purchasing Operations in Response to COVID-19

Date:         Friday, April 10, 2020

From:             Bill Propst, Chief Procurement Officer, UCLA Campus Purchasing & Payables,
                       Allison Baird-James, Associate Vice Chancellor, Controller, UCLA Corporate Financial Services

Colleagues:

Strategic Sourcing Trade Show

Don't miss the 2020 Strategic Sourcing Trade Show, presented by UCLA Campus Purchasing. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom (2nd floor)

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. 

UC-Wide Agreement with Dell

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.

Electronic Payment Methods: Paymode-X & Payment Plus

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. 

Uniform Guidance Update

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.

Guidelines on Contracting for Services

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.

Cybersecurity Risk

Please click the button below to read the memo from UC President Janet Napolitano regarding cybersecurity risk. You will be required to sign-in using your UCLA Logon ID. 

ALERT: Email Scam Affecting Campus Purchasing

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.

VWR Terminates Agreement for Lab Supplies

Effective January 16, 2006, VWR terminated its agreement to supply the UC system with laboratory supplies and small equipment within the negotiated contract guidelines. VWR supplies are still available through BruinBuy as a non-contract supplier, however their products may not be cost-effective and this company is no longer a UC preferred supplier.