The principal purposes of the Department’s acquisition system are to:

  • Deliver on a timely basis the best value product or service to the customer by, for example,
    • Maximizing the use of commercial products and services.
    • Using contractors who have a track record of successful past performance or who demonstrate a current superior ability to perform.
    • Promoting competition.
  • Maintain the public’s trust by conducting business with integrity, fairness, openness, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Minimize administrative operating costs.
  • Fulfill public policy objectives, such as
    • Providing opportunities for small and small disadvantaged business.
    • Paying fair wages to contractor employees.
    • Protecting the environment through the purchase of energy efficient and recycled products.
    • Promoting equal employment opportunity in contractor hiring practices.
    • Using Performance Based Service Contracts to realize improved contractor performance and cost savings.