Purchasing is responsible for standardizing, procuring, or supervising the procurement of all goods, services, and major repairs required by state agencies. Through its centralized purchasing authority, it may establish statewide contracts, including LaMAS Contracts based on GSA contracts, available to all state agencies. Through its cooperative purchasing authority, Purchasing is able to extend the benefits of statewide contracts and opportunities to obtain low prices on quality products and services to all local and quasi governmental units.
As of January 1, 2015, the Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 39:1551-1755 provides for the laws governing the procurement of all goods, services, and major repairs required by state agencies. A disposition table of previous citations to the new citations is posted under Legal Information. The official rules and regulations of the Office of State Procurement appear in Title 34, Part V of the Louisiana Procurement Code.
OSP strives to ensure a fair, competitive bidding environment for all vendors, while also ensuring that vendors have performed well in their contractual duties to state agencies and the public. It also manages the Hudson and Veterans Initiatives for Small Entrepreneurships to ensure that agencies give due consideration to contracting with local small businesses.