The Requisition (REQS) Document is used to document the purchase of goods and services from outside vendors (both those that require and do not require approval of Procurement & Contracting Services).
The Requisition is NOT a Purchase Order but generates a Purchase Order once the appropriate approvals have been secured.
Depending on the dollar amount and type of purchase, an Automatic Purchase Order (APO) or a Purchase Order (PO) created by Procurement & Contracting Services will be created. Click the Route Log tab at the bottom of the document any time you want to see where a document is in the routing cycle. The initiator of the KFS Requisition will receive a copy of the APO or PO in their KFS Action List once the document has been finalized.
If a combination of items is ordered on a Requisition, the routing for the item with the strictest restrictions will apply.
KFS Purchase Orders are automatically closed by KFS when there are no remaining liens. In other words, if a final payment is made against a PO, the order will be automatically closed that night.
- Restricted Access
- When does a Requisition Route to Procurement & Contracting Services?
- Processing Purchases and Payments Against Purchase Agreements (Campus and Department-Specific)
- Requisition Detail Section
- Delivery Section
- Vendor Information Section
- Items Section
- Accounting Lines Section
- Capital Asset Section
- Billing Info Section
- Price Source Section
- Notes and Attachments Section
- Printing Purchase Orders (POs)
KFS Purchasing Training is required before creation access is granted to the Requisition document. The document will NOT appear on your KFS Main Menu until completion of your training has been recorded. Online training is available in the UC Learning Center (search on "KFS Purchasing Online" to locate and complete the training). Once you complete the training, access will be available to you the next business day.
2. When does a Requisition Route to Procurement & Contracting Services?
If any of the below conditions are TRUE, your Requisition will route to Procurement & Contracting Services for review and order placement by a buyer. The buyer in Procurement & Contracting Services will create the Purchase Order.
- The total is greater than the APO (Automatic Purchase Order) limit ($10,000 and higher for most departments) and the Commodity Code is not flagged as Published Material (published materials commodity codes do not route to Procurement & Contracting Services).
- The Items tab contains an item that the Requisition initiator checked as Restricted (unless citing an Agreement # that cites the Commodity Code referenced on the Agreement's Restricted Commodity Code tab).
- One or more Commodity Codes are indicated as Restricted.
- The selected vendor is marked as Restricted.
- The vendor was NOT selected from the vendor database (vendor information was manually entered by Requisition initiator).
- The 'PO Total Cannot Exceed' amount has been entered (in the Additional Institutional Info tab and the Order Type is NOT Repair).
- The Requisition contains:
- The Vendor selected is flagged as an Employee.
- The Vendor selected is flagged as an Individual.
3. Processing Purchases and Payments Against Purchase Agreements (Campus and Department-Specific)
The Requisition is used to issue purchases against established agreements, NOT to create new ones or modify existing ones. The Purchase Agreement document is used to create and/or modify agreements.
- In the Vendor tab on the Requisition document, click on the Agreement Number lookup icon to do a search for agreement and return agreement information to REQS. Vendor information will return to the document. (NOTE: The Purchase Agreement search, available from the Lookups section of the Purchasing section of the KFS Main Menu is often the BEST place to get details on an agreement. This particular lookup gives you many more search fields and details on which to search agreements.)
- Complete the other required fields, identified with an asterisk (*).
- If the dollar amount allocated for an Automatic Purchase Order (APO) is not exceeded, an APO will be created. A copy will be sent to the REQS initiator in their KFS Action List
- On the KFS Main Menu, click on Payment Request to process a payment against the APO.
If you are working with a department agreement (not one set up for the entire campus) and you need to extend the agreement or change the amount, an amendment will need to be processed against the Purchase Agreement.
4. Requisition Detail Section
The Requisition Detail section identifies the organization for which the Requisition is being created. This is also the section where you identify if the Request is for a Repair Order in the Request Type field. When completing the Requisition Detail section, there are two questions regarding the work to be performed:
- Will any work be performed in the US?
- Will any work be performed in California?
These questions are on the Requisition for tax reporting purposes. The answers to each of these questions default to N/A (Not Applicable). In most cases, the answers can be left as N/A UNLESS you are purchasing services (not goods) from a foreign or out of state vendor. When procuring services from a foreign or out of state vendor, answers should be provided to each question. The answers to these questions will help ensure that the University is meeting its tax reporting and withholding obligations.
5. Delivery Section
The Delivery tab is used to identify where the requested goods or services are to be delivered/performed. There are several ways that this can be done.
- Use Org Address: Click the Use Org Address button to return the default shipping address information assigned on the Organization document for the organization specified in the Document Overview tab (Requisition Detail, Chart/Org fields). If the default shipping address for the Organization needs to be updated, an Organization document should be processed in KFS. For Davis on-campus deliveries, make sure you include the ONE SHIELDS AVE designation in the Address Line 2 field, such as indicated on the ONE SHIELDS AVE page. The ONE SHIELDS AVE designation is required for deliveries made by the US Postal Service (USPS).
- Enter Address: Click the Enter Address button and the address, city, state, postal code, and country information can be manually entered. For Davis on-campus deliveries, make sure you include the ONE SHIELDS AVE designation in the Address Line 2 field, such as indicated on the ONE SHIELDS AVE page. The ONE SHIELDS AVE designation is required for deliveries made by the US Postal Service (USPS).
- Building Lookup: NOTE: If a delivery is being made by the USPS, this option is not advised, as it does not include the ONE SHIELDS AVE designation. Entering the address manually, or using the org address, as indicated above, is recommended. Click on the lookup icon next to the Building field to access the Building Lookup. This lookup includes codes for university-owned buildings on the Davis and Sacramento (Health) campuses. This lookup also contains codes for many university-leased buildings in other locations outside of Davis and Sacramento. Using this lookup will return the applicable street address, city, state, and postal code to the main screen of the document. When using this option, you can click the Set as Default Building button, and subsequent REQS will default this building as the "default" delivery location (but you can still change it at any time). The Room field will also be searchable when using the Building Lookup option. Click on the lookup icon to access the Room Lookup screen. Click on the Search button to see all rooms assigned to the building you have selected.
The Delivery To field defaults the name of the initiator, but you can override this information. Click the lookup icon to access the Person Lookup. This table allows you to search for the employee for whom the delivery should be made. When you locate the employee, click on the Return Value link to return the full name of the employee, along with the phone number and email (as long as this information is available for the employee in the campus directory).
6. Vendor Information Section
The Vendor Information section is used to identify the vendor to which the associated Purchase Order may be placed. Click on the lookup icon next to the Suggested Vendor field to locate the desired vendor; the information for that vendor will default in the various fields in this section. For Requisitions that become Automatic Purchase Orders (within the department's delegation), the selected vendor will be the one used; for Requisitions that route to Procurement & Contracting Services, the selected vendor may or may not be used. Refer to the help guide in the Procurement & Contracting Services section of the Supply Chain Management website if you are unable to locate the vendor or if you need to update information on the vendor (e.g., address).
7. Items Section
In the Item Type field:
- Qty option should be used if the Quantity and UOM (Unit of Measure) fields will be completed (e.g., a purchase for 12 each textbooks or 3.5 hours of research time).
- The No Qty option should be used if the purchase is not measured by quantity (e.g., an order for a cleaning service where the amount of time is not known). If the No Qty option is selected, the Quantity and UOM fields are NOT allowed and cannot be completed. In most cases the selected Commodity Code on the Requisition will drive the taxability, so you should not select the nontaxable options (unless you are selecting a taxable commodity code that should not be taxed for your particular purchase).
- If Qty option is selected AND the purchase is for capital equipment (at or above $5,000) OR if the total of the Requisition exceeds $10,000, the Line Item Receiving document is required before the Payment Request can be processed against the resulting Purchase Order. If the No Qty option is selected, the Line Item Receiving document cannot be used.
- If Qty is selected, once the amount is fully indicated on the Payment Request, the Purchase Order is automatically closed. For example, if you process a Requisition for three gallons of milk, and you indicate the payment of three gallons of milk on the Payment Request document, the Purchase Order for the three gallons of milk will be automatically closed. If No Qty is selected, the Purchase Order will automatically close only when the amount has been fully paid.
Sales Tax Information:
Users should only choose the nontaxable options when they are purchasing commodities which are normally taxable, but due to extenuating circumstances the items should be tax-exempt, such as when a department holds a tax exempt certificate for specific goods. UC is not a tax-exempt organization for general purchases. Commodity codes are already predefined as taxable and nontaxable for general purchases.
In most cases, if a vendor is not charging California sales tax for a commodity, it is because the vendor does not have a presence in California and is not required to collect it. If the purchased items will be used in California, the university is responsible for paying Use tax directly to the CA State Board of Equalization. Selecting one of the nontaxable options is incorrect in these cases.
If the Purchase Order was set up for Use tax, but the vendor charged Sales tax, KFS users can change the Use Tax Indicator on the Payment Request document without making a PO amendment. The opposite is true as well; if the Purchase Order was set up for Sales tax, but the vendor did not collect it, the corresponding change can be made directly on the Payment Request document.
Refer to Sales and Use Tax resource for more information on how and when sales and use taxes are assessed.
If processing the Requisition document for a repair, the following commodity codes should be used:
- REPAIR01: Repair order service or labor
- REPAIR02: Repair order parts and materials
To ensure that proposed repairs to outside vendors do not conflict with the Covered Services policy, KFS Requisitions, of any dollar amount, citing the repair commodity codes listed above now route to Procurement & Contracting Services for review and approval before being issued to an outside vendor.
If part of the original purchasing transaction included ongoing maintenance or repair services to be provided by the vendor, be sure to include this information on your KFS Requisition, along with the original Purchase Order number. This will help expedite the review and approval of the document.
Capital Asset Considerations:
There aren't "separate" commodity codes for equipment versus non-equipment items. KFS automatically identifies capital equipment items based on the pre-tax amount (at or above $5000) entered on Item lines.
If purchasing capital equipment on a Requisition, make sure that the appropriate equipment Object code is properly reflected in the Accounting Lines of the Additional Charges section. The default Object code in the Additional Charges section is either 8000 or 3000 for the Shipping lines, but can be overridden as needed.
- Additional charges/discounts associated with a capital equipment purchase should have Object code 9000 entered.
- Purchases of items for an equipment fabrication should have Object code 9600 entered in the Additional Charges section.
If you will be trading in a capital asset as part of your Requisition, be sure to check the Assigned to Trade In box for the item for which the trade-in will be applied. Then, in the Additional Charges section, in the Trade In section, enter the UCOP Tag Number of the item being traded-in, and the amount of the trade-in discount as a negative dollar amount. Please note that the trade-in should not occur until approval has been secured from Equipment Management.
The Items section also contains a question "Equipment used in CA for research is more than 50% of the time for the next year?" This is for a State of California tax reduction program for capital assets purchased for research in California.
Items Provided At No Cost:
Each of the line items on your Requisition should have a cost at or greater than $.01. If the vendor will be providing items at no cost ($0.00), please do not enter these as individual line items on the Requisition, or you will receive a system error when attempting to process a Payment Request document against the resulting Purchase Order. Add a note to the Requisition documenting the items that the vendor will be providing to you free of charge.
Service procurement is often a very different process from purchasing goods. There are usually different requirements for supporting documentation and other pieces of information needed by Contracting Services. See the Buying Services section of the Supply Chain Management website for more information.
8. Accounting Lines Section
The Accounting Lines section in the Items section identifies the account(s) to be charged for the purchase. When entering an account, enter EITHER Percent or Dollar Amount (NOT both). And, use the Setup Distribution button in the Items section whenever possible to expedite the processing of applying the same account line to multiple items. This functionality applies to the Items and the Additional Charges section, too.
9. Capital Asset Section
The Capital Asset section is used to identify the Type of Equipment, Manufacturer, Model, Custodial Code, Building, and Room Number information for any capital assets being purchased (stand-alone items $5000 and above). This section can ONLY be completed if capital assets are indicated in the Items section of the Requisition.
If the item should not be classified as new movable equipment because either:
- The purchase is for a repair or replacement part
- The purchase is for fixed equipment that will be permanently installed into a building
You should complete the Capital Asset tab using the instructions for completing a Requisition for Non-Equipment (PDF).
10. Billing Info Section
The Billing Info tab displays the billing information assigned to that organization on the Organization document. You can change this information directly on the REQS document. Or, if you wish to change the default information, you can do so on the Organization document.
The Price Source section is used to identify the source of the price indicated on the Requisition.
12. Notes and Attachments Section
Any supporting attachments (price quotes, blueprints, etc.) should be added directly to the document in the Notes and Attachments tab. PDF versions are recommended. If you must send a hard copy of supporting documentation, you will be required to check the Hardcopy attachments included with requisition? field in the Requisition Details section and add a reason in the Justification for not scanning attachments field.
13. Printing Purchase Orders (POs)
Once a Purchase Order (PO) is created (either automatically for those Requisitions that do not require Procurement & Contracting Services department approval or by a buyer in Procurement & Contracting Services), the Purchase Order (PO) can be printed.
In order to print a Purchase Order (PO), a KFS user must have the Purchasing User role. In other words, if you can create a Requisition (REQS), you can print (any) PO.
The Print button will display at the bottom of a fully approved (status OPEN) Purchase Order when the following are true:
- PO must be in Open status
- PO must be the current version (ie, not the original if it has been amended, etc)
- PO must not have any pending change in progress (ie, an Amendment in routing, not fully approved yet)
A Re-Print button will display when the first print of the PO has already been done. For POs created by Contracting Services, the buyer will print the original copy.
If the Print button does not appear when it should on the PO document, we recommend that the person listed as the PO initiator ad hoc route the PO document to themselves. The Print button should then appear if they go back to their Action List and open it from there.