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Affordability and Efficiency

The Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education, with the Board of Trustees ratification, requires Ohio University to leverage spend campus-wide through contracted suppliers and leverage spend state-wide for areas of common spend through the Inter-University Council Purchasing Group (IUC-PG).

An internal Affordability and Efficiency work group formed and presented a 0-18 month rollout plan beginning May 2017. The rollout plan, which lists specific commodities that come under the mandate, has made significant progress, and most supplies and services are already incorporated. 

To assist with compliance, the Preferred Supplier list has been updated and an Exception Form and process has been created for the very rare occasions that existing contracts will not suffice. It is highly recommended that the planning unit use the Exception Form to document the need and reasons for the approved exception. Each planning unit has defined it's process for seeking an exception and all exceptions will be reviewed and approved by the planning unit Chief Financial Administrative Officer (CFAO).  Audits will be performed and CFAOs must justify any exceptions granted.

This is a complex undertaking and the Office of Finance and the Affordability and Efficiency Work Group thank the OHIO community for coming into compliance. Compliance audits will be conducted as part of our normal auditing process and reports will be presented to the Board of Trustees. Spend reporting will also be provided to planning units to strengthen compliance efforts. 

For more information, please visit the Affordability and Efficiency FAQ page.