Stage One: Need Identification

In Stage One, Need Identification, the procurement process begins with the identification of a purchasing need.

Getting Started

To get started, procurement professionals must complete key critical steps in stage one, as described in the Georgia Procurement Manual, including the following:

  • Identify your organization’s purchasing needs
  • Determine whether the State Purchasing Act applies (review exemptions in the Georgia Procurement Manual)
  • Analyze existing sources of supply, including mandatory statewide contracts, state entity contracts and statutory sources
  • Assess available sourcing options, such as piggyback purchases, cooperatives or open market sources
  • Determine whether a competitive solicitation is required for purchases of $25,000 or more
  • Collaborate with the State Purchasing Division’s Agency Sourcing team for complex, high-risk or high-dollar purchases
  • Review special approvals or restrictions, such as trading in used equipment