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Brown County uses both a decentralized and centralized approach to buying with $5,000 being the threshold between the two types. Individual departments purchase their own items that fall under the $5,000 threshold and the purchasing Division facilitates the purchase of items over $5,000.

The MISSION STATEMENT of the Purchasing Division is to facilitate projects using the appropriate vendor selection process to obtain the best value for the tax payers of Brown County. The Division provides leadership in procurement to ensure the County's process is fair, competitive, efficient, and conducted under strict ethical guidelines. Through a defined and streamlined process of competitive bidding procedures, Brown County strives to procure the highest quality goods and services at the lowest possible price.

It is our specific GOAL to adhere to purchasing procedures in a manner that builds public confidence and preserves the integrity of an open, fair, transparent and competitive procurement process. To achieve this, we maintain strict compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. It is required that all purchasing contracts are competitively shopped no less than every 5 years to assure that the County is paying for the services using the current market price while also obtaining up-to-date services.
Brown County Purchasing staff members belong to Wisconsin Association of Public Purchasers (WAPP), VALUE Group, National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC). The Purchasing Division occupies a special position of trust and responsibility and firmly adheres to a strict code of ethics as published in accordance with these organizations. For details please reference the code of ethics at the following website link:


Brown County uses four (4) main vendor selection processes and information as described below:

1. Brown County's Request for Bid (RFB) which is a structured purchasing process for Public Works projects $5,000 and greater and used to determine source selection when price is the only factor.
Click 'here' to view RFB flowchart.

2. Brown County’s Request for Proposal (RFP) which is a structured pruchasing decision process used to determine source selection when price is not the only factor.
Click 'here' to view RFP flowchart.

3. Brown County's Request for Quote (RFQ) is a structured purchasing decision process used to determine source slelction when prices is the only factor.
Click 'here' to view RFQ flowchart.

4. Brown County occasionally will use a Request for Information (RFI) to determine capabilities and costs of particular goods / services.
Click 'here' to view RFI flowchart.

Brown County welcomes the opportunity to do business with all interested vendors. Open RFBs / RFIs / RFPs / RFQs / OTPs & OTLs are posted on the “Open Projects” page link as shown to the left. The majority of these reoccurring purchases result in term contracts up to five (5) years in length. When the projects are past the due date, they are moved to the “Closed Projects” link for your review.

In addition to posting open projects on Brown County’s website the majority of RFIs / RFPs / RFQs / OTPs & OTLs are also posted on the Onvia Demandstar website, utilizing automatic project notification features with details listed below:
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Website information:

For FREE Vendor Registration, visit this link: or call 800-711-1712

Demand Star brings together an extensive database of government agencies and vendors on the internet as a FREE service. Their services enable us to improve our service to you by promoting automatic project notification and instant access to detailed specifications via the web.

If you are interested in doing business with Brown County in any of these areas, please periodically visit this website(s).

For more Questions & Answers, please visit the FAQ page. Click 'here' to be redirected

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