§5A-3-1. Division created; purpose; director; applicability of article; continuation

Published: 2015

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WVC 5 A- 3 - 1

§5A-3-1. Division created; purpose; director; applicability of

article; continuation.

     (a) The Purchasing Division within the Department of

Administration is continued. The underlying purposes and policies

of the Purchasing Division are:

     (1) To establish centralized offices to provide purchasing and

travel services to the various state agencies;

     (2) To simplify, clarify and modernize the law governing

procurement by this state;

     (3) To permit the continued development of procurement

policies and practices;

     (4) To make as consistent as possible the procurement rules

and practices among the various spending units;

     (5) To provide for increased public confidence in the

procedures followed in public procurement;

     (6) To ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all persons

who deal with the procurement system of this state;

     (7) To provide increased economy in procurement activities and

to maximize to the fullest extent practicable the purchasing value

of public funds;

     (8) To foster effective broad-based competition within the

free enterprise system;

     (9) To provide safeguards for the maintenance of a procurement

system of quality and integrity; and

     (10) To obtain in a cost-effective and responsive manner the commodities and services required by spending units in order for

those spending units to better serve this state's businesses and


     (b) The Director of the Purchasing Division shall, at the time

of appointment:

     (1) Be a graduate of an accredited college or university; and

     (2) Have spent a minimum of ten of the fifteen years

immediately preceding his or her appointment employed in an

executive capacity in purchasing for any unit of government or for

any business, commercial or industrial enterprise.

     (c) The provisions of this article apply to all of the

spending units of state government, except as otherwise provided by

this article or by law.

     (d) The provisions of this article do not apply to the

judicial branch, the West Virginia State Police Forensics

Laboratory, the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services, the

legislative branch, to purchases of stock made by the Alcohol

Beverage Control Commissioner and to purchases of textbooks ,

instructional materials, digital content resources, instructional

technology, hardware, software, telecommunications and technical

services by the State Board of Education for use in and in support

of the public schools.

     (e) The provisions of this article apply to every expenditure

of public funds by a spending unit for commodities and services

irrespective of the source of the funds.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session

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