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It is the Purchasing Division’s responsibility to conduct purchasing for the City of College Station in accordance with all applicable laws and city charter, to foster sound purchasing policies and procedures throughout all city departments, and to stimulate competitive bidding in order to provide materials and services at the lowest price and highest quality possible. The city uses an internet bid service,, to support its transparency efforts by providing real-time information on open bids and requests for proposals, via a free registration link provided below.

Fiscal Year 2017 Contracts and Procurement Summary

Total Procurement and Contracting Spending*  $124,040,065
Procurement and Contract Spending Per Capita** 1,058
Publicly Posted Bidding and Contracting Opportunities 76
Closed Bids or Awarded Contracts 64
Dollar amount of Bids Received from Invitations to Bid and Requests for Proposals $273,818,257
Dollar amount of Contracts Awarded from Invitations to Bid and Requests for Proposals $65,644,299
*Total procurement and contracting spending includes all purchases made via Purchase Orders (POs), Request for Checks (RFC) and Procurement Card (P-Card).
**Based on a population of 117,191 as of September 2017

Data Visualizations
In the chart below, authorized expenditures represent all types of POs, RFCs and P-Card authorized. These POs are created from a variety of approved purchasing practices including: awarded and competitively bid contracts, a three quote process, and request for checks. Actual expenditures represent all purchases made via all types of procurement methods in the indicated fiscal year.


In the above chart, timing differences in the procurement process may lead to PO authorization in one fiscal year and spending in the following fiscal year. This commonly occurs with Blanket POs (purchase orders authorized for Citywide purchases of certain supplies for a year) and Capital Projects.



Online Bidding System
The City of College Station utilizes the electronic bidding system offered by Click on the link above to see current fiscal year publicly posted bids as well as prior years bidding opportunities and closed solicitations. Register for free to see bid documents and current open bids, as well as sign up for email notifications of new bidding opportunities.

Interactive Check Register Data
This database includes information on the city’s check and electronic disbursements, including payments to vendors. Detailed information is provided about each payment, such as the vendor the payment was made to, the amount of each payment, the department and the name of the account to which the payment was charged.

Purchasing Division Contract Information
Contact information for the Purchasing Division and individual staff members.

Doing Business with the City
Information on our bidding processes, acquisition methods, bidding parameters, invoicing and insurance requirements.

City Auction
Public auctions are used to sell city surplus and confiscated items.

Procurement Manual and Glossary of Procurement Terms
View the City of College Station Procurement Manual, including glossary of procurement terms used in the manual and on this page.

Contracting and Procurement Statutes

Texas Local Government Code Chapter 212

Texas Local Government Code Chapter 252

Texas Local Government Code Chapter 271

Texas Government Code Chapter 2254

Texas Government Code Chapter 2269

Last updated: 6/26/2018 10:10:14 AM