LAC 34:XIII Chapters 3-25

§ 307. Delegation and Revocation of Purchasing Authority to Departments

Chapter 5 Competitive Solicitations

§ 501. Types of Competitive Methods

A. Determination

  1. Invitation to Bid (ITB)
  2. Request for Proposals (RFP)
  3. Request for Quotation (RFQ)
  4. Request for Quote and Qualification (RFQQ)
  5. Competitive Reverse Auction (CRA) 
  6. Best and Final Offer (BAFO)
  7. Solicitation for Offers (SFO)
  8. Competitive Negotiation
  9. Cooperative Buying Organizations (CBO)
  10. Multi-step Bids or Proposals

B. Other Procurement Methods

  1. Sole Source
  2. Request for Responses (RFR)

§ 503. Addenda Modifying Solicitations

§ 505. Competitive Thresholds

  1. Procurements
  2. Information Technology
  3. Professional Services
  4. Specialty Services

§ 507. Procurement of Insurance and Related Services

§ 509. Specifications

  1. Nonrestrictive Specifications
  2. Proprietary Specifications
  3. Use of Existing Specification
  4. Bid or Performance Guaranty
    1. Bid Guaranty
    2. Performance Bond
  5. Sole Source Procurement

§ 511. Public Notice for Procurements; Submission Deadline

§ 515. Receipt and Recording of Responses

§ 517. Bid Submission Authority for Sealed Bids

§ 519. Mistakes in Responses

§ 521. Cancellation of Solicitations

§523. Withdrawal of Bids or Proposals

§525. Exceptions to the Competitive Solicitation Process

  1. Exceptions
  2. Emergency Procurements
  3. Cooperative Purchasing Agreements


Procurement Code Policies & Procedures 


University policy, state law or Federal statute as well as purchasing best practices described in these policies & procedures shall govern the purchasing process. These policies & procedures apply to the following campuses: LSU and A&M College, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, the LSU Agricultural Center, LSU at Alexandria, LSU Eunice, LSU Shreveport and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.


Policies provides a summation of the approved course or method of action to be taken for a particular subject matter (Why and When).

Procedures provides an overview of the steps and identifies the parties involved in an approved process (What and Who).

Tasks provides a list of steps to be taken by an individual participating in an approved process (How).

Forms collect detailed information required to properly identify the need/purchase.

Policies & Procedures as well as subsequent Tasks and Forms are specifically numbered to tie to the applicable section in the Procurement Code.

The documents are prefixed with the below abbreviation:

Policies  POL 
Procedures PRO 
Task TSK
Form  FRM


An example of the numbering mechanism is:

  • POL-U501 ties to section 501 of the Procurement Code which is titled Types of Competitive Methods
  • PRO-U501A.01 ties to section 501.A.01 which is specific to Invitation To Bid