PUR 106: Intent to Procure
To specify the appropriate use of invitations to bid or requests for proposals
The issuance of invitations to bid (ITBs) or Requests for Proposals (RFPs) merely to establish price information is unfair to suppliers. It is costly to prepare a complete quotation or proposal, and suppliers should not be requested to prepare formal quotations unless a procurement is intended.
Departments may obtain price information for budget purposes from catalogs, prior purchase orders, telephone calls, corporate Web pages, or other informal means.
On rare occasions, the university will issue a request for information (RFI). RFIs are used when the university desires an outcome but cannot specify the method that would achieve this outcome. Potential suppliers respond to an RFI by suggesting means that would achieve the desired end. From this information, the university is expected to initiate an ITB or RFP.
Written invitations to bid (ITBs) or Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will not be issued unless there is a definite intent to procure as evidenced by an approved RX or offline purchase request or other memoranda from the requisitioner. ITBs and RFPs are to be issued from Purchasing and Business Services only.
Requests for information (RFIs) will not be issued unless there is an intent to procure. This intent may be less definite than in the case of an ITB or RFP, and no RX or offline purchase request is required. RFIs are normally issued by Purchasing and Business Services.
For basic information on ITBs and RFPs, see PUR 501–01, “Information to Vendors.”
For information on bidding, see:
For information on the completion of Purchase Requests, see: