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Procurement Overview

The United States Department of Agriculture has implemented regulations for the procurement of food and supplies for sponsors of the NSLP, SBP, and Special Milk Program (SMP). The chart below provides the specific citations and provisions in the law.

 

Public Schools and Public  Residential Child Care Institutions

Private Schools and Private Residential Child Care Institutions

Program Regulations

7 CFR Parts 210, 215, 220, and 245

7 CFR Parts 210, 215, 220, and 245

Procurement Rules
Access on the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration website at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.

Part 3016
Sections: 3016.36(b)–(i),
3016.60 2/, 3/

Part 3019
Sections: 3019.40–48

Allowable Cost Rules
Access OMB Circulars on the Office of Management and Budget website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/.

A-87

A-122

Small Purchase Threshold

Lesser of $100,000; state or local rules

Lesser of $100,000 or organization’s rules

Anticompetitive Practices

Potential contractors may provide information. Potential contractors cannot prepare procurement document or contract information.

Potential contractors may provide information. Potential contractors cannot prepare procurement document or contract information.

Geographical Preferences

Geographical preferences are prohibited, except sponsors may apply an optional geographic preference in the procurement of unprocessed locally grown or locally raised agricultural products.  

Not applicable

Purchasing procedures used in Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) must conform to state, federal and local regulations and procedures.  Sponsors should be advised to use their own purchasing procedures as approved by the sponsor’s governing board provided that the purchases for the CNP conform to the federal and state purchasing regulations.  The federal and state purchasing regulations are designed to help the sponsor:

  • Obtain the best products and services

  • Save money

  • Make the best use of federal, state and local funds

  • Provide open and free competition

  • Ensure fair and ethical practices

Material Adapted from:  School-Based Child Nutrition Programs-Administrative Handbook July 2009  Nutrition Programs Division, Illinois State Board of Education 100 North First Street (W-270)
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

Food Service Facts- Policy and Guidance for Administrators of School Nutrition Programs, Child Nutrition and Wellness-Kansas State Dept. of Education. Chapter 13 Business Ethics & Purchasing.  Kansas State Department of Education 120 SE 10th Avenue Topeka, Kansas 66612-1182  


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