How the Government Buys


Purchases of $5000 or less
Purchases may be made from vendors who, according to the best judgment of the purchasing agent, can supply the item of appropriate quality at a reasonable price.

Purchases over $5000 through $50,000
The purchasing agent compares three or more bids from at least three or more bidders, whenever possible, from price lists, quotes on file, phone or verbal quotes, or written bids. The low bid price should be confirmed in writing by the vendor.

Over $50,000
At this level, a formal process is used. Solicitations are advertised on the State of Wisconsin Public Notices website. In addition, the solicitations are posted on VendorNet.

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