General Information About the Purchasing Process

All County purchasing is centralized in the Purchasing Department. Here is a list of definitions that will help vendors with terminology associated with the purchasing process.
  • Invitation to Bid - (ITB): A formal request to prospective vendors soliciting price referencing quotations or bids; contains or incorporates by reference the specifications or scope of work and all contractual terms and conditions.
  • Request for Proposal - (RFP): All documents whether attached or incorporated by reference that are utilized for soliciting competitive proposals.
  • Request for Qualifications - (RFQ)An informal solicitation or request for information where oral or written qualifications are obtained from vendors without formal advertising or receipt of sealed bids. Used only where statutes do not require formal sealed bids such as small or emergency purchases, construction projects, etc.
  • E-BidAllows vendors to receive solicitations electronically.
  • Sealed Bids: A bid submitted in response to an ITB. Bid is submitted in a sealed envelope to prevent dissemination of contents before the deadline for the submission of all bids.
  • Free On Board (F.O.B.):
  • After Receipt of Order (A.R.O.):
  • Amendment: A revision or change to a document often used to correct a solicitation.
  • Modification: An agreed addition to, deletion from, correction, or modification of a document or contract.
  • Tabulation: The recording of bids and bidding data listing items offered, prices, delivery, schedules, etc. submitted in response to a solicitation for the purpose of comparison, analysis, and record keeping.
  • Award(s): The presentation of a purchase agreement or contract to the selected bidder or offeror after careful consideration.
  • Responsive Bidder: A vendor who has submitted a bid which conforms with all material respects to the requirements stated in the solicitation.