Welcome to Purchasing
The Purchasing Department is here to facilitate the transfer of goods and services between the Suppliers and the
University, and to make sure those transactions occur within the guidelines of State regulation and University policy.
If you have any questions that you cannot find the answer to here, please call the Purchasing Department at (360) 650-3340.
Signature Authority List
Signature Authorities are individuals authorized by the President to sign contractual agreements obligating the University,
regardless of the source of funds or location of performance for the contract. You can view the current signature authority list here.
Website for new custom-made rubber stamps now available
Pro Stamps, our new rubber stamp contractor (contract #04511) has launched a new website where state of Washington contract
customers have electronic ordering capabilities. Please visit wa.prostamps.biz for your future
stamp orders (fax and hard copies continue to be accepted).
Administrative Services Building (#47)
333 32nd Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-0935
Business Services, MS1420
Western Washington University
516 High St
Bellingham, WA 98225
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
New bid thresholds take effect
In accordance with RCW 43.19.1906, the Office of Financial Management has adjusted the bid thresholds for the purchase of goods
and services. Effective immediately, the Sealed Bid threshold has been increased from $49,000 to $50,400 and the limit requiring
three quotes and WEBS posting has been increased from $3500 to $3600. University Pcard limits remain at $3,000.
Steelcase Cachet Chair Recall Notice
On January 25, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids,
Michigan announced a voluntary recall on Cachet Swivel Chairs. This is based on the fact that the front seat support part of the chair
can crack and fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
If you have the Steelcase Cachet chair in your area, contact Purchasing immediately: Barbara Lewis at ext.3068 or Brenda Ancheta at x3561.
Purchasing will contact the vendor to schedule any needed repairs. Departments should NOT contact the vendor.
The recall involves all Steelcase Cachet swivel chairs with model number 487 manufactured between May 2002 and October 15, 2009. The chairs
have a plastic slotted seat and back design and some were sold with back and seat cushions. The model number and manufacture date are printed
on a label on the underside of the base of the chair.
Chairs should be inspected for cracks in the front seat support. If any cracks are identified, departments should immediately stop using
the chairs. Even if no cracks are identified, departments are to notify Purchasing if they are using the Steelcase Cachet swivel chair.
Purchasing will track areas that might have potential for future issues.