Policy Approve By
Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Revised (date text was last updated)
Policy Prepared By
James Court, Procurement & Supply Specialist
Policy Category

SUBJECT: Purchasing


This policy is designed to define WSSB procurement policy and provide important links to established State of Washington procurement policies.


WSSB’s purchasing policies conform to those established by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) and the Office of Financial Management (OFM).


1. General Purchasing Methods

a) Purchases can be made using a US Bank VISA card in conformity with established card usage policies that are within delegated Agency signature authority levels

b) Requests for purchases can be submitted to the Procurement & Supply Specialist for processing. Requests will be placed after obtaining the required level of approval.

2. Purchased Services

WSSB uses the Washington Purchasing Manual and the State Administrative & Accounting Manual (SAAM) – 45.45.20 Required Procedures for Purchase Card Programs - to dictate its’ procurement policies

Purchasing Manual DES site (PDF) 

State Administrative and Accounting Manual (SAAM)

3. Other policy to be applied as required

  1. Direct Buy, Sole Source and Emergency
  2. Public Works
  3. Prevailing wage
  4. Personal Services Contracts - OFM website (PDF)