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DJH - Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct

DJH - Purchasing and Contracting:  Procurement Staff Code of Conduct

Conflict of Interest

All employees of the school unit shall perform their duties in a manner free from conflicts of interest to ensure that the school unit’s business transactions are made in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and in a manner that maintains public confidence in the schools.

No employee, officer, or agent of the school unit may participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a federal award if he or she has a real or apparent conflict of interest.

A conflict of interest would arise when the employee, officer, or agent – or any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner, or an organization which employs or is about to employ any of the parties indicated herein – has a financial or other interest in or a tangible personal benefit from a firm considered for a contract.

For the purpose of this policy, “immediate family” is defined as spouse, brother, sister, parent, son, or daughter.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure

All employees, officers, or agents with real or apparent conflicts of interest as defined above must disclose the conflict of interest to the Superintendent who will investigate the circumstances of the proposed transaction. The Superintendent will exercise due diligence in investigating the circumstances of the transaction and, if necessary, will make reasonable efforts to find alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement that would not give rise to a conflict of interest. If the Superintendent determines that the proposed transaction is in the best interest of the school unit and is fair and reasonable, he or she may proceed with the transaction. In the event that the Superintendent may have a conflict of interest, an ad hoc subcommittee of the School Board will investigate and make a determination regarding the transaction.


Gifts and Solicitations

The employees, officers, and agents of the school unit may neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors or parties to subcontracts.

Employees, officers, and agents of the school unit may accept unsolicited items of nominal value such as those that are generally distributed by a company or organization through its public relations program.



Employees of the school unit who violate this code of conduct may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment and, if appropriate, referral to law enforcement.


Dispute Resolution

A bidder or respondent to a request for a proposal (RFP) may protest a procurement or contract award if he/she believes that it was made in a manner inconsistent with Board policy, specifications, or law or regulations. A protest must be submitted to the Superintendent in writing within five business days after receipt of notification of the award being made, with all documents supporting the protest.

The Superintendent shall review the protest and supporting documents and render a decision in writing within 20 business days of receipt of the protest. The Superintendent may also convene a meeting with the bidder or respondent to attempt to resolve the problem.

 If the bidder or respondent is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s decision, he/she may appeal to the Board. The Superintendent will provide reasonable notice to the bidder or respondent of the time for the Board’s consideration of the protest. The Board’s decision shall be final.


2 CFR § 200.318 (Uniform Administrative Requirements – General Procurement Standards) (for federal awards made on or after 12/26/2014)

Cross Reference:     BCB – Board Member Conflict of Interest

DJE – Bidding Requirements

                                 DJE-R – Federal Procurement Manual

                                 KCD – Public Gifts/Donations to the Schools

 Policy Adopted:  February 24, 2016

 Policy Revised: February 28, 2018