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The Executive Director or designee and the Treasurer of the Board are the only officials authorized to commit the expenditure of SIBCR funds.
If it is unclear whether any item or service should be paid for by SIBCR, the Executive Director will determine the appropriateness of the request.
Purchases that provide personal benefit are not allowed, nor are purchases that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest. Please note that some of the IRS rules in this area are not intuitive. SIBCR will provide guidance, but final authorization of payment rests with the Executive Director. Please review this section and whenever appropriate discuss the proposed purchase with SIBCR before ordering.

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General Guidelines

The Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research (SIBCR) is committed to prudent business practices for the procurement of goods and services necessary for the effective conduct of its research and education activities. SIBCR requires that PIs, their staff, or other individuals who plan for or purchase products, equipment, supplies, and services with SIBCR funds, base purchases on sound business practice, best value, accountability, and compliance with donor, sponsor and regulatory requirements. Individuals planning for or making purchases must follow this and other SIBCR policies and procedures.

Procurements of goods and services charged directly to federal awards must comply with the procurement requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Guidance), and the debarment and suspension provisions of 2 CFR Part 180. Procurements of goods and services charged directly to federal contracts must comply with the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and/or Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) included in the prime contract. All procurement transactions must be conducted in a manner providing full and open competition consistent with the standards of 2 CFR Part 200, FAR or DFAR as applicable.

In addition, all purchases must comply with all terms and conditions of the funding source and must be used for VA-approved research or education. Finally, SIBCR strongly encourages best practices for purchases made with non-federal funds.

Whenever possible, all individuals purchasing on behalf of SIBCR should purchase goods and services from the SIBCR preferred vendor list to reduce administrative burden, maximize buying power and to include diverse and disadvantaged businesses.

For purposes of this policy, the term “vendor” is used interchangeably with the term “contractor” to mean a supplier providing goods or services to SIBCR for SIBCR’s own use.

The following requirements apply for all purchases:

  • Sufficient funds must be available to cover costs;
  • A research rationale must be provided for each research-related purchase and, for education activities, the expense must be within the scope of the approved educational activity;
  • All purchases for sponsored research projects must be reasonable and necessary for the performance of the project, as well as allowable and allocable under the terms and conditions set forth in the sponsor agreement.

SIBCR funds may not be used to pay professional licensure payments. In addition, the costs of CME credits cannot be paid for members.

SIBCR is not exempt from state sales and excise taxes and must pay tax on all tangible goods purchased for use in Washington State. If sales tax is not charged, SIBCR is required to pay use tax to the state, unless purchase qualifies for High Technology Sales/Use Tax Deferral.

No expenditures will be authorized for donations to organizations engaging in general charitable or other philanthropic activities.

FINAL PURCHASES ON PROJECTS

Goods and services must be ordered and received prior to the final end date of a project. To ensure sufficient time for order placement and shipping, all purchase orders must be received by SIBCR Accounting a minimum of 30 calendar days before the end of the project period.

Receipt of goods and services must be documented with either a packing slip for tangible items or an invoice for services rendered. The receipt date on these documents must be prior to the end of the project as it appears on the award.

Some examples of goods and services include, but are not limited to the following items:

  • Tangible goods (e.g., supplies, equipment, etc.)
  • Licenses and software
  • Services provided to a project (e.g., consulting agreements, data analysis, etc.)

Conflict of Interest, Regardless of Funding Source 

All purchasing activities conducted on behalf of SIBCR, whether made with federal or non- federal funds, must follow the standards outlined in Appendix A. These standards are intended as a supplement to SIBCR’s existing conflict of interest policies. 

Purchases with Federal Funds 

SIBCR receives significant funding from federal sources and must comply with the federal regulations for purchases with federal funds as well as expenses transferred onto federal funds. See Appendix B for a summary table of purchase requirements. These purchases are reviewed by the SIBCR Accounting Office for compliance with federal regulations (i.e., debarment and suspension) and are subject to internal and external audit. PIs and their authorized designees are required to provide the Accounting Office with back-up documentation and retain a copy on file for federal auditors. Examples of documentation include: a rationale for method of procurement, vendor information, bids, quotes, and/or cost/price analyses.

  1. Micro-Purchases - Goods or services ≤ $25,000: Purchases should be made at a cost considered reasonable and distributed equitably among qualified suppliers (to the extent practicable). A Vendor Justification Form (VJF) is not required. Use of SIBCR preferred vendors is encouraged.

  2. Small Purchases - Goods or services > $25,000 to $250,000: Price and rate quotations must be obtained from an adequate number of qualified sources. Purchasers must complete the SIBCR VJF and provide backup documentation to the SIBCR Accounting Office. Purchases or expenses transferred onto federal funds must meet the VJF criteria.

  3. Purchases >$250,000: A formal bid process with written quotes is required for federal purchases greater than $250,000. Quotes must follow competitive proposal guidelines (or sealed bids if construction). A competitive bid proposal requires that a formal Request for Quote (RFQ) or Request for Proposal (RFP) be publically advertised, evaluated and selected in accordance with Uniform Guidance specifications.

  4. Non-competitive procurement: is used when choosing a specific company and bypassing the competition. It is only allowable under certain specific circumstances as listed on the SIBCR VJF.

  5. Avoid wasteful or duplicative purchases: Uniform Guidance requires SIBCR purchasers to avoid the purchase of unnecessary or duplicative items. In addition, when possible, purchasers should compare the costs of leasing versus buying, assess the feasibility of consolidating, breaking out purchases or sharing a product or service to reduce overall costs.

  6. SIBCR may not engage in transactions with parties that are debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in federal assistance programs or activities pursuant to Executive Orders 12549 and 12689, 2 CFR part 180, and FAR 52.209-6 and 52.225-13, as applicable.

  7. As appropriate and to the extent consistent with the law, SIBCR and SIBCR’s vendors should preferentially purchase, acquire, or use of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States to the greatest extent practicable.

  8. SIBCR is required to follow the FAR, DFAR and CFR clauses referenced below and is prohibited from entering into contracts and subawards with entities that violate the terms of these regulations:
    • 52.204-23 “Prohibition on Contracting for Hardware, Software, and Services Developed or Provided by Kaspersky Lab and Other Covered Entities”
    • 52.204-25 “Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment”
    • 2 CFR 200.216 “Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment” (applicable for grants and cooperative agreeements)
    • 252.204-7018 “Prohibition on the Acquisition of Covered Defense Telecommunications Equipment or Services”

All Funds Other Than Federal 

Follow funder/grant terms and best practices for purchases with any non-federal funds. Typically, only purchases made with federal funds must comply with the terms of Uniform Guidance, FAR and DFAR. However, note that any purchases transferred to a federal award must comply with applicable federal regulations and the terms of the award, even if the purchase was originally made with non-federal funds. 

Likewise, purchases transferred to other funds must comply with sponsor or donor terms, if applicable, even if the purchase was originally made with unrestricted funds. See Appendix B for a summary table of best practices when using non-federal funds.

SIBCR preferred vendors should be used whenever possible.

  1. Micro-Purchases - Goods or services ≤$25,000: for purchases with a total value of $25,000 or less, the purchaser may use their discretion to select a responsible supplier to purchase goods or services.

  2. Small Purchases - Goods or services > $25,000 to $250,000: if an SIBCR preferred vendor is not available (or a purchaser believes there is an opportunity to acquire the good or service for a lower cost, taking the total cost of ownership into consideration), purchasers should obtain at least two quotes (three or more is best practice) from qualified suppliers. See Appendix B regarding a summary table of best practices when using non-federal funds. The SIBCR VJF is not required.

  3. Goods or services >$250,000: for purchases greater than $250,000, purchasers should conduct a formal bid process from at least two vendors (three or more is a best practice). Contact the SIBCR Accounting Office to discuss the purchase process.

  4. Wasteful or duplicative purchases: A best practice is to consider ways to prevent the purchase of unnecessary or duplicative items.

  5. SIBCR may not engage in transactions with any parties that are debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in federal assistance programs or activities pursuant to Executive Orders 12549 and 12689, 2 CFR part 180, and FAR 52.209-6 and 52.225-13 as applicable.

  6. SIBCR is prohibited by regulation from procuring or obtaining certain goods and/or services developed or provided by certain entities identified by the federal government, as described above in Section H. These prohibitions may also apply to non-federal funding.

Diverse and Disadvantaged Businesses, Regardless of Funding Source 

SIBCR purchasers must take affirmative steps when possible to create a climate of inclusion and support of diverse and disadvantaged businesses. This category includes, but is not limited to, disadvantaged, minority owned, women owned, small, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. Whenever possible, purchasers are encouraged to:

  1. Identify and place qualified diverse and disadvantaged businesses on solicitation lists;
  2. Assure that such businesses are solicited when they are potential sources;
  3. Divide total requirement, when economically feasible, into smaller tasks or quantities to permit maximum participation by such businesses;
  4. Establish delivery schedules, where requirements permit, which encourage such business to respond; and,
  5. Use service and assistance from such organizations as SBA and the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce

Vendors and contractors are required to take the affirmative steps listed in (A) through (E) of this section if they issue further subcontracts.

To the maximum extent practicable, SIBCR follows FAR 52.219-8 “Utilization of Small Business Concerns” and DFAR 252.226-7001 “Utilization of Indian Organizations and Indian-Owned Economic Enterprises, and Native Hawaiian Small Business Concerns.”

Orders placed outside of the terms of this policy are subject to disallowance.

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Responsibilities of Purchasers and Conflict of Interest Standards
Appendix B: Summary of Purchasing Procedures
Appendix C: Vendor Justification Form (VJF)

PURCHASING PROCEDURES

Orders must be placed by members or an authorized designee.

An SIBCR Purchase Order (PO) is required for all purchases. Forms are available on the SIBCR website. Please clearly indicate SIBCR as the "bill to" party with the following address: SIBCR, 1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 1310, Seattle, WA 98101.

SIBCR maintains accounts with most of the vendors used by the VA and UW. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a preferred vendor list.

Members may give signature authority on their SIBCR accounts to individuals they designate. The authorization may include dollar limits on the purchasing authority. SIBCR will periodically review the signature authority on members' accounts.

An authorized signer on the SIBCR account must sign the PO. The signed PO serves as authorization for payment by SIBCR upon receipt of the invoice from the vendor.

There are several methods to send the PO to SIBCR. After the PO is signed, it can be scanned and emailed to SIBCR; mailed to the SIBCR administrative address above; hand carried to Building 101, 3rd floor and dropped in the lock box located near the elevator; or faxed to 206-204-6190, ATTN: Accounting Dept.

The member or designee should verify receipt of the complete order and inspect for damage, defects, or other errors.

Please contact the accounting department immediately if there are any discrepancies with your items that will affect the invoice. This process will serve as documentation to verify discrepancies between items ordered, items shipped and items invoiced.
The recipient must initial and date the packing slip from received items and send it to the SIBCR accounting department. If a packing slip was not included with the items received, then the Packing Slip Replacement form must be completed.

SIBCR will not pay an invoice without first receiving the corresponding packing slip or Packing Slip Replacement form.

SIBCR will issue payment for the order upon receipt of the vendor invoice matching the authorized PO and packing slip.

PURCHASE REIMBURSEMENTS

A completed, signed Check Request form should be submitted to SIBCR to initiate payments for the occasional purchases made not using an SIBCR PO. All requests for payment or reimbursement should be made in a timely manner.
Check Request forms may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the SIBCR accounting department at our administrative office. All forms must be accompanied by receipts.

NOTE: SIBCR reserves the right to deny payment for invoices or receipts held for more than 90 days.

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