A state agency employee must complete the Basic Texas Purchaser Course to engage in purchasing functions on behalf of a state agency if the employee has the job title of “purchaser”; performs purchasing activities as fifteen percent (15%) or more of their job activities; or makes a purchase in excess of $5,000.
Definition: Purchasing – The receipt and processing of requisitions, development of specifications, development of scope of work, the issuance of purchase orders against existing cooperative or agency contracts, and the verification of the inspection of merchandise or receipt of services by the agency. The term does not include the development of solicitations and contract awards that must be posted to the Electronic State Business Daily or in the Texas Register.
A state agency purchaser, who is not already CTCD or CTPM certified, must be certified as a Certified Texas Contract Developer (Formerly Certified Texas Procurement Manager) to engage in contract development functions on behalf of a state agency if the employee develops, evaluates, negotiates, or awards a contract posted to the Electronic State Business Daily or in the Texas Register on behalf of a state agency.
Definition: Contract Development – The term applies to actions taken prior to contract execution, including the receipt and processing of requisitions, assessment of need, development and review of specifications, development and review of scopes of work, identification and selection of procurement methods, identification and preparation of evaluation criteria, preparation of and advertising solicitation documents, tabulation of respondent bids, evaluation of respondent proposals, negotiation of proposals, and the preparation and completion of contract award documents. The term does not include invoice or audit functions.
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.