Special Programs

​Some purchasing processes are determined by what is being purchased, rather than the spend amount. These goods/services typically have special considerations because of provisions of Ch. 16 or other applicable State law.

State Use Program: In 1989 the State of Wisconsin legislature crafted an innovative piece of legislation called the State Use Law. The law directs state agencies to purchase products and services from Wisconsin's certified work centers employing persons with severe disabilities. As a result, the State Use Program was created to administer the law that provides state agencies with a fair price, good quality and on-time delivery.

Supplier Diversity: The Minority Business Program was created in 1983 through the enactment of Wisconsin Act 390 which extended and amended the law relating to purchases made by many state agencies and campuses of the University of Wisconsin System

Affirmative Action: As required by Wisconsin's Contract Compliance Law (s. 16.765, Wis. Stat.), every contractor contracting with the state of Wisconsin must agree to equal employment and affirmative action policies and practices in its employment programs.

Contract Compliance: The Wisconsin Contract Compliance Law refers to a collection of legal requirements in place to ensure state contracts and other agreements are only held by entities that agree not to discriminate under certain circumstances and that affirmative actions are taken.

Certified Work Centers: The State Use law requires agencies to procure needed goods or services from certified work centers.

Surplus Property Program: The State Surplus Property Program (SSPP) and Wisconsin’s participation in the Federal Surplus Property Program is administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), State Bureau of Procurement (SBOP). The SSPP is responsible for developing and implementing policies for acquiring federal surplus property and disposing of state surplus property, surplus state vehicles and related equipment.

Bureau of Correctional Ent​erprises: Pursuant to s. 16.75(3t)(c), the Department of Corrections (DOC) will provide a current list of all goods and services supplied by their Bureau of Correctional Enterprises (BCE), Badger State Industries (BSI) and/or Badger State Logistics (BSL).

Purchasing Card Program

​The State’s purchasing card program includes three card products:

    Purchasing Card
    ​The Purchasing Card (PCard) is a tool for agency and campus employees to use to make low-dollar purchases, or purchases from existing state contracts, for official state/agency business needs only.

    ​Travel Card
    ​The Travel Card is intended for state authorized reimbursable travel expenses only and is not meant for personal expenses. The card is issued under the employee’s name and the employee is liable for all charges.

    Fleet Fuel Card
    ​Fuel Cards are assigned to specific state-owned vehicles or a specific program. The cards allow agency fleet managers to track purchases, provide increased security, process federal excise taxes and comprehensive reporting.

​Compliance
​The State Bureau of Procurement is also responsible for auditing the use of the Purchasing Card Program to ensure that agencies and campuses are in compliance with established policies and procedures.

Each Agency assigns a PCard Program Administrator to provide oversight and management of the agency program.

Wisconsin PCard Manual