Low-Value Purchasing Authorization Threshold Change Begins Monday

The University of California has increased the low-value purchasing authorization (LVPA) from $5,000 to $10,000. On Monday, May 21, 2018, the higher LVPA takes effect at UCSF, allowing departments to make BearBuy purchases without Supply Chain Management (SCM) Buyer review of requisitions up to $10,000.

The LVPA change does not apply to restricted purchase types such as (but not limited to) controlled substances, facility rentals, professional services/independent consultants, capital equipment, etc. This change also does not impact payment requests, voucher approvals, change order processes, or Procurement Card (P-Card).

The higher LVPA has multiple benefits for the departments:

  • Departments will be able to execute more of their BearBuy transactions without the extra time and steps needed to route through central procurement.
  • Central procurement and supply chain professionals will have additional capacity to support the department's more strategic procurements and request for proposals (RFPs).

To help departments prepare for the additional responsibility of an increased LVPA, new training resources on UC purchasing policies and procedures are now available on the SCM website:

SCM encourages individuals who use BearBuy to purchase or are involved in the decision making for purchases to review these materials.

If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected].