Purchasing Office

Purchasing at USCB

Customer service is our first priority. As a servicing department, our goal is to develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with University departments, vendors and state procurement. This department strives to ensure all procurement transactions are conducted in a legal, ethical and professional manner. We abide by the procurement laws and regulations set forth by the state of South Carolina as well as USC system policies and procedures, which result in the most efficient, economical and responsible purchases. We offer all businesses an opportunity to compete on an equal basis.

Purchasing Office

Procurement Process

We ensure that all procurement transactions are conducted in a legal, ethical, and professional manner by abiding by the procurement laws and regulations set forth by the State of South Carolina and the University's policies and procedures.  For questions please contact Abby Vaughn at (843) 208-8137.


How do I get into USCB's finance system?

Our finance system is called PeopleSoft. It can be accessed here from a University computer or when connected to the secure VPN. This system can help you:

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two lists for state contracts. The first is the Supplies and Services Contract, which includes office supplies, paper, furniture, vehicles, maintenance supplies, etc. The second is the Information Technology Contract, which includes copiers, printers, computers, printer toner, network equipment, etc.
First, all IT purchases must be approved by IT to ensure compatibility with existing equipment and/or software. Also, IT will assist in choosing the appropriate/compatible equipment/software based on your departmental needs. Please note that any contracts including PII will need a lengthy security assessment and will be placed in the IT department queue for review. 
First, the Principle Investigator (PI) must verify that funds are available and that any proposed purchase is allowable under the grant. All grant purchases must be approved by USCB's Director of Sponsored Programs before proceeding through the procurement process. Unless specified otherwise in the grant award (i.e. a certified sole source), all grant purchases must follow standard University and State procurement.
Capital is defined as moveable equipment exceeding $5,000 or fixed equipment exceeding $100,000. First, the department must identify an appropriate funding source. Capital purchases must be approved by the Vice Chancellor of Finance before proceeding through the procurement process. 
First, the department must verify that the vendor is an independent contractor and that an employer/employee relationship does not exist. Second, the department must verify the services are not being procured through a current USC system employee. If an employer/employee relationship exists or if the vendor is a current USC system employee, then it is determined to be an employment issue and, therefore, processed through HR and Payroll. If an employer/employee relationship does not exist and the vendor is not a current USC system employee, then the department should invite the vendor to become a supplier at https://suplier.ps.sc.edu
The purchase of gift cards is made in accordance with BUSF 2.19. The custodian must first fill out a Cash Custodian Form.  Once approved, a Cash Advance/Gift Card Form should be filled out and submitted as a payment request payable to the cash custodian. Departments are encouraged to read through the policy in its entirety before proceeding with the form.
First, in accordance with BUSA 7.05, the department is required to have food purchases approved beforehand using the Food Policy Form. The form must be filled out completely and forwarded to the following individuals for approval: department head, University Grants Administrator (if applicable), the Procurement office and the Chancellor. Failure to have the food policy approved before proceeding with the purchase will result in non-reimbursement of funds. The state procurement card cannot be used for any type of food/drink purchase.
Any University property must be approved for disposal prior to removal from any campus. Please fill out a University Form 7 and send it to Pinky Harriott at pharriott@uscb.edu with photos of the item(s) requested for disposal.



Abby Vaughn                

Purchasing Manager

Office:  843-208-8137
Hargray Building Room 138 D
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Abby Vaughn