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Procurement News

03/01/2013   Expiration of $26,000 Bid Threshold
01/14/2013   LFN 2013-01: Limits on Bid Acceptance Dates
11/13/2012   LFN 2012-29 Emergency Appropriations and Procurement
08/20/2012   Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) Renewal Application

Expiration of $26,000 Bid Threshold - 03/01/2013

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:34-5.4, a local contracting unit was permitted to increase its bid threshold to $26,000 if it had an individual serving as a purchasing agent who did not possess a QPA certification but who otherwise met the qualifications to participate in the QPA examination administered by the Division of Local Government Services. Local Finance Notice 2011-27 instructed such contracting units to notify the Division of meeting this requirement by filing a resolution and affidavit.  If such individuals did not pass the first QPA exam (June 25, 2012) or second QPA exam (December 12, 2012) the contracting unit must now revert to the statutory bid threshold of $17,500 without a QPA, or appoint a person who does possess a QPA certification in order to utilize the current maximum bid threshold of $36,000. PLEASE NOTE: This requirement does not apply to boards of education.  For questions, please contact Daniel Kaminski at the Division by phone (609) 292-9757 or email

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LFN 2013-01: Limits on Bid Acceptance Dates - 01/14/2013

Local Finance Notice 2013-01 provides local procurement officials a list of all 2013 Federal and State holidays for ensuring local compliance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-23(a) and N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-21(a) regarding when bids cannot be received.

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LFN 2012-29 Emergency Appropriations and Procurement - 11/13/2012

Local Finance Notice 2012-22 (Issued October 29, 2012) outlined procedures for adopting emergency appropriations and financing same, and briefly reminded local units of their emergency procurement powers.  Local Finance Notice 2012-29, provides further clarification of these procedures. 

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Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) Renewal Application - 08/20/2012

Local Finance Notice 2012-17 provides instructions for completion of the Record of Continuing Education/Certification Renewal Application for QPA certifications.  The application is available on the Division website.  Please take a few moments to review the Local Finance Notice for important information concerning the renewal of QPA certificates.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Division's Certification Unit at 609-292-9757 or by email to

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Updated: 04/02/2013