All University purchases are made in accordance with University Policy, regardless of source of funds. 

Purchasing Department (Map)

1340 Administrative Services Building
2221 Wanda Daley Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1004

(515) 294-4860
Fax (515) 294-9606 
Regular hours:       8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Summer Hours:   7:30 am to 4:00 pm,  Monday - Friday



Procurement Standards

Iowa State University has delayed the implementation of the new Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards until July 1, 2016 as provided by the waiver of the procurement rules stated in COFAR FAQ, Section 110-6, released November 26, 2014. In the interim, Iowa State University existing policies and procedures and the OMB Circulars will continue to apply.



All authorized transactions for goods and services should be made with the authority of the ISU Purchasing Department. This authority is evidenced by either a purchase order or a University issued VISA Purchasing Card. Shipments of goods or performance of services without the authorization of the ISU Purchasing Department may be considered unauthorized transactions and the vendor risks non-payment.

Please see the vendor link for vendor-specific information.


ISU Faculty and Staff Only:

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4/1/2016 Office Depot Site Change/Demos

3/16/2016 Office Depot Contract Launch

1/26/2016 Purchasing transition to new address format

12/16/2015 cyBUY system to allow up to 35 accounts

12/2/2015  cyBuy for CIT Bus Release Numbers

11/10/2015  P-Card Policy Change

1/27/2015  Transportation Services New Dispatch System

12/11/2014  Changes in furniture receiving, delivery, and installation

12/1/2014  New Copier Contract 

4/1/2014      Verizon Wireless account scam

3/26/2014   Change to cyBUY: Notes to Vendor field added for select vendors

2/25/2014   Ability to pay US Cellular departmental phone bills with p-card

2/14/2014  cyBUY issue with OfficeMax payments

2/7/2014    Meetings offered on using the p-card for Verizon payments

2/4/2014  Changes to roles in the requisitioning system

1/6/2014     Purchasing Card Record Retention

12/13/2013  Changes to cyBUY Starting Monday 12/16

12/9/2013  Changes Are Coming to cyBUY!

5/28/2013 Important Information About Searching on cyBUY

9/10/2012 Requisitioning System International Insurance Function

6/17/2013 Scam Alert - Dun and Bradstreet Complaint Scam

6/4/2012    Scam Alert - Ricoh Toner Scam

5/14/2012 Scam Alert - Toner/Copier Scam

5/1/2012    Significant Change to the Requisitioning System: Attest Statements

2/9/2012    Scam Alert - Telecom Maintenance

7/1/2011    Purchasing Systems Attachment Uploading

November 2010 Newsletter

11/4/2010  Purchasing Card & Federal Price Reasonableness 

7/7/2010    Repair & Technical Services Announcment 

6/14/2010  P-card Fiscal Year End Reminder 

4/29/2010  Processing p-card transactions: problems when using multiple browser sessions

February 2010 Newsletter  

2/23/2010  Change and training for contract orders 

1/25/2010 cyBUY Receiving and Comments Sections

12/1/2009  Guidelines for purchase incentives

November 2009 Newsletter





Updated 12/2/2015