A Contract Blanket Order is issued to establish an account with a specific external vendor for the purchase of specified commodities based on a competitive bid, or for items determined to be exempt from competition by the authority of a waiver.
Departments must order only commodities covered by the class code. There is no dollar limit per release unless stipulated in the referenced contract, waiver or bulletin. Items ordered that are NOT included in the general description of the Contract Blanket Order or referenced contract, bulletin or waiver, may be considered an illegal purchase, (see: UW-3045 Illegal Purchases). Purchasing Services periodically reviews Contract Blanket Order releases to determine if illegal purchases have been made.
Contract Blanket Orders for printing are issued only for departments with delegated authority to purchase printing, (see: UW-3044 Printing-Related and Printing Purchases).
If departments have questions regarding Contract Blanket Orders, please contact Purchasing Services at 262-1526. Current UW–Madison, UW–Systems and State of Wisconsin contracts may be accessed through the following website
Departments may use the accounting Monthly Budget Control Ledger Statement to monitor the encumbrance balance of a Contract Blanket Order. Departments should follow internal procedures to increase or decrease an encumbrance.
Departments should refer questions on invoice approval, billing errors or other disputed invoices to Vendor Relations (262-0516)
Departments may request a Contract Blanket Order by completing an external requisition form and routing it through normal approval channels. The contract, bulletin or waiver number should be typed in the appropriate box on the bottom of the requisition form.
APM #3 — Compliance with Prompt Payment Legislation
APM #4 — Canceling/Closing Requisitions & Processing Payments Against Orders.