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Competitive Procurement

Effective December 26th, 2014, OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133 will be replaced by regulations under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the Uniform Guidance). Please refer to the University’s Uniform Guidance website for further details that may supersede information outlined in this policy. Please be advised that Procurement regulations under Uniform Guidance will become effective July 1, 2016 and should revised policies be required, they will be posted once available.


Latest Revision: July 9, 2012

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Columbia University to maintain a competitive sourcing environment as maximally practicable.

Reasons for the Policy

To maintain strong business practices, ensure compliance with various regulations, promote the best possible value, service and pricing in the sourcing of goods and services at the University, competitive sourcing should be used whenever possible. This policy promotes access for suppliers to competitive opportunity to provide goods and services to the University, through requiring that department obtain bids for a competitive process in most cases, and provide appropriate justification when a competitive process is not followed.


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