Thanks for a Great Year

Another fiscal year has come and gone, and as we look back over what we have accomplished, it is clear that the Capstone’s tradition of excellence is stronger than ever. The Procurement Services team is proud to partner with you in providing learning opportunities and services for our ever-growing student population, maintaining our beautiful campus, and meeting the needs of our world-class researchers.  We thank you for working with us throughout the year and letting us be part of the success at The University of Alabama.

We have prepared a short video that highlights some of our milestones from the past fiscal year.  Please take a moment to view it, and feel free to share with others in your department.

Thanks for all you do!

Thank You Video

 

Having trouble playing the video?  Click here for the YouTube version.

Website Changes

If you haven’t looked at the Procurement websites in a while, I invite you to stop by and take a look.  We have given them all a much needed face lift.  In the process, we have put emphasis on making them easier to navigate so that the important information that you need is easier to find. Our goal is to make our websites a valuable tool for you to find the most up-to-date answers to your questions.

One feature that we are excited to show you is our new Travel Portal.  This new website is your one-stop shop for all travel related questions.  With sections for in-state, out-of-state, and international travel, you are sure to find everything you need for your next UA trip!

Have you used our new drop box?

drop boxWe know that work at the University does not stop at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and that some of you really need a way to drop things off for Procurement
outside of the normal workday.  That is why we have installed a new drop box in front of our office.  This mailbox-style drop off point is a secure way for you to leave things for us. We check it twice a day, so you can rest assured that we will retrieve your dropped items promptly.

Feel free to use this box for anything that you need to leave for Accounts Payable, Purchasing, P-Card Services, or the Office of Procurement.

FY2015 Reminders and Announcements

August brings the start of the new school year, but in the flurry of activity it is important not to forget that the end of the fiscal year will also be here very soon.  Several of the articles in the August Newsletter touch on things that you will need to know as we get ready to close out FY2015.

In other news, I am pleased to announce that Dan Rodgers has been named Director of Contract Administration.  A native of Winfield, Alabama, Dan graduated from The University of Alabama in 1996 with a B.A. in journalism, and earned a law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1999.  From 1999 to 2007 he practiced law in Montgomery and Birmingham.  He joined the University in 2007 as a Contract Administrator, and has worked in Contract Administration since then.  Please join us in congratulating Dan on his new position.

Farewell

In the last month we had the opportunity to celebrate the retirement of one of our colleagues, Trip Farmer.  Over his 26 years of service to The University of Alabama System, Trip has served as the Director of Contract Administration on our campus, Treasurer and Controller of The UAB Educational Foundation, and Assistant to the Director of Campus Maintenance at UAB.

Trip joined the newly created Contract Administration department in 2005, and with his background and experience, created policies and procedures that established a level of quality and control which guides the University in maintaining compliance with the Alabama Public Works Law today. He has set the bar, and we are fortunate to have his example and work ethic to guide the department as we strive to maintain the consistency and professionalism he worked so tirelessly to uphold.

It is always bittersweet when we have to say goodbye to one of our co-workers, but we wish Trip well in his retirement.

Collegiate Licensing

The Office of Procurement Services is partnering with the Trademark Licensing Office to help University departments and recognized organizations find and purchase items with imprinted or embroidered University logos or insignia from licensed vendors.  The Purchasing Department currently has contracts in place for various items (t-shirts, lanyards, uniforms, etc.); however, the artwork still needs to be reviewed and approved before a purchase is made.  A new electronic process has been established to expedite and streamline the approval of these items.  Please see the licensing page on the Purchasing website for more information.

Department Visits

One thing that I enjoy about working in Procurement Services is getting the opportunity to go out and meet the members of our campus community that are involved in procurement functions.  In the past month, we had the opportunity to provide two one-hour training sessions for the staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.  I would like to thank all of the participants and those responsible for making the arrangements.

Our sessions focused on updates from Procurement Services to include information from Contract Management pertaining to  DocuSign and the Professional Services and Guest Speaker Agreements.  We also discussed Accounts Payable topics to include processing of Miscellaneous Disbursement Vouchers (MDVs).

Please feel free to contact Procurement Services if your division/department is interested in learning more about Procurement Services.  We welcome the opportunity to come to your area and meet with your faculty and staff on any procurement related topics of interest.  We are happy to create a customized presentation to meet your specific needs. For additional information, please review the Procurement Services website.

Procurement Changes

Spring is often a time of renewal and change. Our campus blooms with the new flowers of the season and the sun begins to peek through the clouds. We also have some exciting changes happening in the Office of Procurement Services.

Effective April 1, the staff in Contract Administration will became part of Procurement Services. They will continue to provide excellent service to the University while administering all contracts and agreements related to construction projects. This change will allow for all procurement of goods, services, and construction to be under one umbrella.

I am also pleased to announce that Mary Katherine Poole has recently joined our team as the new Director of Accounts Payable. She is a UA graduate who comes to us with a wealth of accounting experience. Please help her feel welcome as she becomes acclimated to her new position.

BuyBama

For some time now the Purchasing Department has been working on a solution to make it easier to buy from contract vendors and simplify the process of entering a requisition.  The new system, called BuyBama, gives users the ability to shop from many online catalogs under a single sign on.  It also streamlines the process of obtaining P-Card limit increases for purchases with contract vendors, and provides a more user friendly environment for entering requisitions.

I am pleased to announce that testing on BuyBama is nearing completion and we will soon be moving to the pilot phase.  You can expect to hear more about BuyBama as we begin implementation over the coming months.

Professional Services

Under the recently announced Professional Services policy, departments should no longer sign Professional Service Agreements.  Instead, they are to be routed to Contract Management for review and signature.  New templates have been created for Professional Service Agreements and Guest Speaker Agreements.  In collaboration with the Tax Office, Contract Management has developed a Professional Services Matrix to give guidance on the documentation required for various types of services.

Please visit the Professional Services webpage for more details and links to the necessary documents.