Frequently Asked Questions

Departments may not order directly from vendors. All purchases require prior approval via a requisition/purchase order. Phone orders are not allowed.

There are reasons for this:

Anyone placing an order without following proper procedures may be held personally liable for any and all charges ( Edu. Code). Public purchasing laws must be followed, as receives public funds. There are federal laws covering verbal contracts. Be careful what you say to salesmen. You may solicit information or quotes only. Your actions could result in illegal contracts or legal action. Leave it to the pros.

The Board of Trustees and Purchasing support the efforts of small, minority, disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses in . There are guidelines to assure equal access for these vendors. All businesses deserve an equal opportunity to do business with CCSF. For this reason, you cannot make commitments (orders) with vendors.

Any purchase, lease, or contract over $83,400 must be competitively bid via publication in a general circulation paper for 2 weeks. If your purchase is near that amount, allow a minimum of one month for the process (Section 20651, Public Contract Code).

Any purchase between $2,000 and $83,400 will be informally bid. The lowest responsible bidder will receive the order. Allow at least one week for the process.

Do not fax a Requisition to a vendor. Do not write “PO” on a Requisition and place an order.

See the above.

Do not use Direct Payments. Period.

Direct Payment requests are appropriate only for repair emergencies. Office supplies etc. are not emergencies. Do not submit Direct Payments as final payments for TPAs.

The vendor wants payment in advance- what do I do?

Fill out a Requisition form, indicating “Prepay” in Terms and in the Description. Be sure to include any shipping charges and taxes in your request. Attach a proforma invoice or order form. If approved, a check will be sent directly to the vendor with the Purchase Order.

I saw a chair I like. Can I buy it and be reimbursed?

Generally, no. Petty Cash covers reimbursement to employees, but has a limit of $200 per month for related items. No equipment or stationary purchases are allowed. Don’t risk not being reimbursed. Also, CCSF gets discounts from many suppliers you may not be aware of.  Petty Cash receives lots of scrutiny.

I have an emergency…what do I do?

Get your Requisition to Purchasing ASAP. Bring it in person, email or fax to 241-2326. If the funds are available in the proper account and the item does not require a public bid process, we can help. We’ll fax or call the vendor for you. Be aware grant accounts have restrictions and take extra time.

I can get it at Costco or IKEA cheaper.

We’d love to use these companies but there are issues: they don’t accept purchase orders or 3rd party checks, they often don’t stock the same thing twice, the items are poorly made/not to commercial standards, merchandise doesn’t meet flammability standards, items are not ADA compliant, going there takes a teacher out of the classroom, the costs of special handling and related paperwork often exceed the “savings”, assembly and delivery cost extra or isn’t available at all, shopping there doesn’t support local business...you get the idea. Part of the reason prices are a bit less is these firms don’t carry the over-head of a full-service provider. Products that would be fine for your home (office chairs used once a week) are not appropriate for the classroom (chairs used 10 hours a day).

When should I start to worry about a Requisition?

Generally, your MRR order copy will be returned via Campus Mail within a week for simple unrestricted purchases. Grant funds may take longer, as Accounting must first review and approve the encumbrance.  Due to current fiscal challenges, all purchase and contract requests are reviewed by several parties before reaching Purchasing, adding weeks to the process. We hope this is a temporary situation, but one over which we have no control. Pre- planning and patience are appreciated.

If your request requires special handling (fund transfers, approvals, bidding, NSF condition) allow extra time. You can also check Banner, in “FOIDOCH”, by the requisition number. Note: Unfortunately Purchasing cannot proceed until fund transfers and NSF conditions are resolved. 

Who does what? Where do I start to find my paperwork?

Purchase orders for supplies, equipment and materials:

Orders under $2000, office supplies, business cards              Alvin Wong 241-2268

Orders $2,000 up, Office Depot, single computers                Eric Brainard 241-2269

Orders for capital equipment       
Kathy Hennig 487-2413

Forms, order copies, general information                               Alvin Wong 241-2268

Term Purchase Agreements, CTs:

Contract review and approval (non-construction)                
Scott Dickey 241-2340

Construction contracts                                                            Eric Wong 241-2244

Bonds, CT                                                                               Susan Quan 241-2352

Payments:

Travel, petty cash and mileage                                                Rong Chen 241-2260

Purchase orders/TPAs                                                              Lai Kin Wong 241-2296

General A/P Questions                                                         
Lai Kin Wong 241-2296

Drug reimbursement                                                               487-2448

Grant Accounting:   

(grant fund requisitions are reviewed by the budget manager and grant accounting before being sent to Purchasing)

Pauline Hee     241-2220

Jean Muslem   487-2401                                                         Rosalie Roque 241-2272

Lourdes Cunanan 241-2236                                                  

Controller (general questions)                                                 Susan Quan 241-2352

Chief Finance Officer (policy):
John Bilmont  241-2230

Budgets/FOPALS:

Budget transfers and reports (open)

What do you do with used laser printer cartridges?

CCSF recycles! HP cartridges may be returned to HP: inside the carton is a UPS return label. Tape used cartridge in original box, slap UPS return tag on it, and give to mail room for free shipment back to HP. Empties can also be returned to Office Depot-just give to driver. For inkjet cartridges, place in recycling bins, give to Bookstore, or return to Office Depot in the envelope provided.

We have old equipment no longer needed by our department.

If furniture, contact Carlita Martinez, District Recycling Coordinator for possible re-use. Otherwise, obtain Form #SFCCD-DBO 125 “Recommendation to Dispose of District Property” and fill it out. Depending on condition, it may be sold, traded, or destroyed. A Board resolution may be required for some items. Submitting the form starts the process. District property cannot be given away to employees or agencies without approval by the Board. Large amounts of surplus equipment may be sold at auction by one of two companies. Contact Purchasing for information on that process.

I saw a great deal on electronics in the Sunday paper!

CCSF discourages purchase of electronics from retail stores. Local retail stores (Costco, Video Only) and Internet firms generally do not accept district purchase orders. Consumer-grade electronics do not stand up to the demands of the classroom. Preferred CCSF vendors: Amazon,  CDW-G, Bretford, Troxell. Remember: tablets, iPods, and other items are property of the college.

If you’re spending $ on equipment, spend $ on security.

All A/V equipment and computers must be secured. There are a variety of carts and cabinets for A/V equipment for $99 up. Computers must be secured by lock down devices. Order security products when you order electronics. See D&D in the computer section for special prices on security devices ($25 up).

Don’t forget shipping/assembly charges on furniture and equipment!

Shipping charges only cover delivery to the truck tailgate. If you need assembly or equipment delivered inside or upstairs, there are additional charges. Ask the vendor when placing order! For example, deliveries to Chinatown/Northbeach and Downtown involve extra charges due to the lack of a loading dock and traffic congestion. If you order classroom furniture from Virco, delivery and assembly may be included. Virco will even remove the cartons when done. Note: the Facilities Dept. will not assemble furniture. Assembly must be ordered from an assembly company or mover offering those services for an additional charge.  

There is special pricing available by using various government contracts (WSCA, FCCC, C/C of San Francisco , educator discounts). Don’t waste your time looking for better deals. If you use a WSCA or C/C contract, the order does not need to be bid. See our Contract List.      

I have general questions. Try the Purchasing web site: www.ccsf.org/Services/Purchasing.

Vendor catalogs are available in Purchasing at 33 Gough. Stop by!