The County of Los Angeles is an entity comprised of 38 separate departments that provide a wide range of services and/or facilities to the citizens and employees of the County including law enforcement, public health, animal control, hospital, public libraries, beaches, marinas, parks, golf courses, foster homes, fire stations, paramedic services, probation camps, construction and related crafts, voter registration and elections, tax bills and more. The County does business with large firms, as well as small firms and individual entrepreneurs.
How are commodities and services acquired by the County?
The authority for acquiring commodities and services in the County is found in various sections of the California State Codes and
the Los Angeles Code. The Director of the Internal Services Department (ISD) is the Purchasing Agent for the County. This means that ISD is responsible for purchases of commodities (goods and products), as well as contracts for services under $100,000 for all County departments, with some exceptions. Each department has its own procurement unit that interfaces with ISD to purchase these commodities and services. Some individual departments have delegated authority to establish non-agreement purchases of up to $5,000 or $15,000 for commodities and services on their own without involving ISD. The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors must award service contracts over $100,000.
ISD and Public Works Contracts
Architect, engineer, and construction contracts over $75,000 require Board of Supervisor approval. Under that amount, ISD and Public Works have authority to award the contracts.
Cost-effective Service Contracts
Cost-effective service privatization contracts over $25,000 require Board of Supervisor approval. Under $25,000 contracts can be awarded by individual departments.
|Type of Contract||Solicited by |
All County Departments
|Solicited by Internal Services Dept||Solicited Primarily by Dept of Public Works||Solicited occasionally by Fire Department, Sheriff, and Parks & Recreation|
|Architects and Engineers||N/A*||X||X||X|
|Commodities & services Under delegated authority Of $5,000 or $15,000||2||X|
|Commodities & services over delegated authority Of $5,000 or $15,000||N/A*||X|
- Proposition “A” Contracts – under $25,000 may be approved by Department Head. Board of Supervisors must approve over $25,000
Non-Proposition “A” Contracts – under $100,000 may be approved by Purchasing Agent -Over $100,000 must be approved by Board of Supervisors
- Authority to approve commodities up to either $5,000 or $15,000 per transaction has been delegated to certain departments by the Purchasing Agent
Methods used to Solicit for Commodity Purchases and Service Contracts
The information below illustrates the general guidelines used based on the value of the commodity purchase or service contract for acquisitions not on agreement:
|Value||General Guidelines for Solicitation|
|Up to $1,500|
|$1,501 to $5,000|
|$5,001 to $15,000|
|$15,001 to $100,000|
|Proposition A service contracts|