Hardware and Software Procurement, Gifts and Ethic
|Policy Title||Hardware and Software Procurement, Gifts and Ethic|
|Policy Category||Education Services for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB)|
|Statutory Reference||G.S. 143 Article 3 and 3C; North Carolina Administrative Code Title 1, Chapter 5; the State Purchasing Manual, and DPI Purchase & Contract Manual|
The Education Service for the Deaf and Blind (ESDB) schools shall establish policies and procedures for carrying out the responsibilities of purchasing, that are in accordance with the requirements set forth by the North Carolina Division of of State Purchase and Contract (P&C) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Purchasing is defined as the acquisition of all equipment, materials, supplies and printing through outright purchase, rental, lease or lease-purchase.
The ESDB Schools must process their purchase orders through the DPI Purchasing and Contracts Section. Purchases made by ESDB Schools shall reflect sound business practices as set forth in N.C. G.S. Chapter 143, Article 3 and N.C.G.S. Chapter 143B, Article 14 and shall comply with all applicable procurement rules and regulations, including those set forth in Title 1, Chapter 05 and Title 9, Chapter 06 of the North Carolina Administrative Code; the NC P&C State Purchasing Manual; the NC DIT Information Technology Procurement Policies and the DPI Purchase & Contract Manual.
- ETHICS IN PURCHASING
Employees of ESDB must not appear to be, or in fact become, obligated to any supplier. Procurement staff shall not participate in any transaction in which they might personally benefit. All ESDB employees, including procurement staff, will deal with suppliers and potential suppliers on an impartial basis and shall comply with the State Board of Education’s Policy regarding Standards of Conduct for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.