It is the responsibility of Procurement
Services to conduct and conclude procurement transactions. Bids, proposals, and quotations will be
sought in accordance with the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement
Code. All purchasing records within
Procurement Services, except in-process formal and informal bid solicitations,
will be open and accessible to the public during regular business hours. Requests for inspection of purchasing records
must be reasonable, contain sufficient information for retrieval, and must not
interfere with the orderly operation of Procurement Services. Vendors' application forms, which include
financial disclosure information, or the identity of prospective vendors prior
to bid openings, where such disclosure might negate the competitive bid
process, will not be available to the public.
Individual purchase records will not be available after bid openings
prior to the issuance of formal purchase orders. Vendors should be encouraged to attend bid openings
on the date and time specified in the invitation notices. Statements of award will be posted on
Procurement Services' Web site.
information shall be public record to the extent required by the Freedom of
Information Act with the exception that commercial or financial information
obtained in response to a solicitation which is marked as privileged and
confidential need not be disclosed.