NEWS: March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Procurement Preventative Measures 

The UA Procurement team is committed to providing timely, accurate processing of your requests as well as providing guidance for procurement-related procedures. In aligning with the university’s prevention and preparation efforts, we want to help you avoid unnecessary transactions that could lead to financial implications.

With the rapidly changing status of all types of student events and/or official functions, please consider the situation before pursuing your request through Procurement (e.g. appearance agreements, catering service commitments, entertainment services, etc.).  There could be financial implications for planned commitments or prepared Purchase Orders for events that are currently in process of being canceled, or could be canceled in the near future.

Our Mission

The University of Arkansas Office of Procurement strives to provide the campus community with outstanding guidance and service while practicing the values and guiding principles of public procurement and complying with state laws and regulations.

 NOTE: If you need alternative (written) documents or forms, contact Business Services at (479) 575-2551 or

Important Notices

Cooperative Contract Use
October 24, 2019:
Per changes with State of Arkansas Procurement Law, the use of cooperative contracts (such as E&I, NASPO, TIPS/TAPS, etc.) are limited and require pre-approval by Office of State Procurement (OSP).  If any UA department anticipates procurement of goods or services through any cooperative contract the department must pre-plan and include the Procurement office in advance of request and prior to commencement of any work/service or purchase of goods.  Procurement will then send notice of the request to OSP. 

Option: Competitive Quote Bids are highly encouraged ($20K to $75K) and will help avoid delays with your needs.  This is an option for departments instead of requesting purchase through a cooperative contract.  

ACT 557/Services Contracts
Effective July 24, 2019: Technical/General Services (TGS) and Professional/Consultant Services (PCS) contracts are now known collectively as "Services Contracts". Information regarding the new requirements can be found at: Services Contracts. For any additional questions, please contact Ellen Ferguson