Purchasing

IMPORTANT: |Vendor Self Service Portal |

Blount County Government prides itself on its customer service and dedication to the members of our community.  An exciting part of our ongoing efforts to provide excellent customer and community support is the implementation of a new financial management system (software program).  Within the framework of this new software is a new vendor portal—Vendor Self Service (VSS).  VSS allows you, the vendor to quickly view your profile, update contact information, view checks, submit invoices and view purchase orders.

Existing Vendors - will need to register in Vendor Self Service using their Vendor ID number Provided in a letter mailed from the County's existing financial system).

Note: If you are an existing vendor and have not received our letter by November 1, 2018, please contact the Purchasing office at 865-273-5740)

New and Existing Vendors - All vendors doing business with the County must be registered on the Vendor Self Service Portal and new vendors may register here without having a previously issued Vendor ID.

Federal ID Numbers -  The Federal ID number requested in the new VSS portal is the one registered with the IRS. This is not a State issued tax permit.  The two are not the same.   

Attaching a W-9 in the Portal  to attach your latest W9 to your account. Click on “Upload attachment documents to your profile” under “Vendor Information”


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If you are having any issues with the system, contact the purchasing office at 865-273-5740.    


NEW Vendors that intend to do business with the County can register themselves here.
 

Purchasing Department’s Role in the County

The Blount County, TN Purchasing Department is established by approval of the County Legislative Body and the adoption of the County Purchasing Law of 1957, Tennessee Code Annotated 5-14-101 et. Seq.

This department is the central purchasing agency for all departments within the Blount County, TN Government and the Blount County Board of Education.  The purchasing department is responsible for purchasing and contracts for all supplies, materials, equipment and contracted services required by County. These purchases are made in compliance with the Purchasing Law and the County’s Bid Thresholds.

The Purchasing Department receives requisitions for purchase, issues purchase orders, solicits bids, receives and disposes of surplus property (real and personal),  and is in charge of the central mailroom. The Purchasing Agent supervises a full-time staff of three.  In order to stay informed of the latest procurement techniques and product information, the Department maintains an active membership in the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP) and the East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA). 

Purchasing Agent

Leading the department is a Purchasing Agent who is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the County Legislative Body.  The Purchasing Agent works with a 5 member team on the County Purchasing Commission to establish a Purchasing System for the County and when necessary reviews and amends the policies and procedures as allowed within the limits of the County Purchasing Law, Tennessee Annotated Code 5-14-101 et seq.

Purchasing Commission

The current Purchasing Commission consists of:   Mayor Ed Mitchell, Commissioner Mike Caylor, Mike Lewis, Laura Floyd and Glen Longhurst.