Doing Business with OKDHS
Thank you for your interest in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) procurement process. We encourage competition among potential contractors to obtain quality goods and services at the best available price in order to maximize the tax dollars of Oklahoma.
In an average year, OKDHS procures approximately $250 million worth of goods and services. Our purchases are all funded with public funds, and therefore, controlled by applicable federal laws, Oklahoma statutes, Oklahoma Department of Central Services (DCS) rules and OKDHS policy.
OKDHS uses 6 different methods to procure goods and services:
- Purchases, not in excess of $2,500, must be fair and reasonable and may be paid by the requisitioning Unit via an Authority Order;
- Purchases, exceeding $2,500 but not exceeding $10,000, require at least 3 written quotes be solicited, must be fair and reasonable and require a Non-Collusion Affidavit. The Contracts and Purchasing Unit will issue a purchase order;
- Purchases, exceeding $10,000 but not exceeding $25,000, will require a certified procurement officer (CPO) solicit 10 written quotes from registered vendors, must be fair and reasonable and require a Non-Collusion Affidavit. The Contracts and Purchasing Unit will issue a purchase order;
- DCS must solicit bids and award any purchases exceeding $25,000;
- DCS issues competitively-bid statewide contracts for use by all state agencies for certain goods/services. Statewide contracts can be either designated as mandatory or non-mandatory; and
- Statutes require DCS to solicit, develop and negotiate contracts with qualified agencies and individuals to promote meaningful and gainful employment opportunities for persons with severe disabilities. These contracts are identified as “state use” contracts and are mandatory.