Need assistance? Have questions related to the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD), program areas, systems or procurement questions in general? Start by contacting the SPD Outreach Team at 512-463-3034, Option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For feedback or questions regarding the State of Texas Procurement and Contract Management Guide, please email email@example.com.
Explore the goods and services available for purchase in a simpler, smarter and faster way. Texas SmartBuy is the online purchasing system for all state agencies, local governments and institutions of higher education. Search for hundreds of contracts and millions of items! Texas Purchasing professionals can gain access to satisfy their purchasing needs and issue purchase orders directly to awarded vendors. End-users and the general public can search the entire system without a login. Need help finding what you are looking for? The Outreach team is your customer service and technical support expert to assist with anything you need!
Our membership extends to urban and rural service associated districts, political subdivisions of the state and non-profit organizations who hold an active state contract or state grant for their educational, health or humanitarian services. Learn more about our all-access membership that puts the purchasing power of Texas to work for you!
Are you a vendor that is interested in doing business with the state? Increase your business awareness potential by registering with the state’s Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) program. This is the first step in displaying your business information to state agencies, local governments and institutions of higher education. When state agencies plan to buy goods or services, they must search the CMBL for potential vendors. The annual CMBL registration fee is only $70 and could potentially open the door to a new revenue stream for your business. It is a worthwhile investment, averaging only $5.83 per month which is not much to spend for the opportunities the state of Texas has to offer. Don’t pass up the opportunities that are out there for you!
The ESBD is the online system where state agencies are required to post solicitations that are valued at $25,000 or more. Many local governments also use the ESBD. Purchasing professionals who need login access can contact their agency superuser to have an account created. The Outreach team is also happy to assist. Vendors can manually search the ESBD as it is available to the public. Vendors do not have to login to access solicitations! Helpful ESBD tips include:
The Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) Vendor Performance Tracking System (VPTS) provides the state procurement community with a comprehensive tool for evaluating vendor performance to reduce risk in the contract awarding process.
Quality vendor performance reviews provide a tool with which agencies can assess a vendor through monitoring methods and the contractual agreements. The goals of a vendor performance report can include:
State statute requires state agencies and other entities to purchase commodities or services available through the State Use Program from specific vendors unless certain exceptions are met; any exceptions must be reported to the Comptroller and the Texas Workforce Commission, including cost paid and reason for a qualifying exception to purchasing from the program.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.