Exempt Purchases

Exempt Purchases are goods and/or services exempt from competitive bidding requirements and may be purchased in accordance with delegated departmental purchases regardless of dollar amount.  Many of the Exempt Purchases can be entered into FAMIS as Exempt Purchase Orders ("E" numbers).  For clarification as to the process, feel free to contact the Director of Purchasing. 

The Director of Purchasing has the discretion to exempt any purchase.  The Director of Purchasing must provide written documentation stating why the purchase is exempt from competitive bidding. 

Item or Nature of Services


Conference Expenses

Hotels and Conference Rooms

Moving Expenses: (employee) institutional funds only

Lecturers/Guest Speakers/Entertainers: fees for speakers/lecturers/entertainers hired on a one-time basis (does not include fees for speakers on a continuous basis)

Student Travel: expenses related to student travel

Library materials: specific for A&M-Commerce Libraries

Legislative information services: bill analysis services

Membership fees and dues

Newspaper and magazine subscriptions direct from the publisher



Services provided by other State of Texas agencies, System members, or by other local governments (inter-agency and inter-local agreements must be reviewed by Procurement Services)

Registration fees and associated books and materials

Rental of exhibit space (booths for display purposes)

Goods and services provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Goods and services provided by the Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped

Internal repairs

Insurance premiums

Acquisitions from federal agencies


Acquisition of livestock

Catering services (on-campus food services vendor)

Group Purchasing Programs (Co-Op)

Medical Doctor Services

Acquisitions from the GSA Contracts


Artists (Painters, Sculptors, Compositions, Performers)

Works of Art

Employee & Prospective Employee Travel