January Buying Blue CoP–Procurement Optimization Program, sole source justification, out-of-pocket expense reimbursements

Jan 9, 2024 | News

Register to attend our next Buying Blue Community of Practice event, which will be held—virtually—on Thursday, January 18, 2024, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. Questions related to the topics below may be submitted in advance via this form.

  • Procurement Optimization Program—Tally Thrasher, assistant vice president and chief procurement officer, will share an update on the Procurement Optimization Program. She’ll also provide an update on the recently announced bid threshold changes and take questions from attendees.
  • Sole Source Justification (SSJ) update—Procurement Services, in partnership with Michigan Medicine Contracts and Procurement, recently launched a more user-friendly Sole Source Justification (SSJ) form. Jim Kozich, assistant director of category management in Procurement Services, will discuss the sole source justification process and how the new form will expedite purchasing while helping units save money.
  • Out-of-pocket expense reimbursements—Ed Jennings, tax director, and Lisa Brown, expense program manager, will discuss how the IRS’ increased attention to late out-of-pocket expense reimbursements is impacting enforcement of  U-M’s Travel and Business Hosting Expense Policy.

This event will be recorded and posted on the Procurement Services website on the  Buying Blue page. If you have any questions about Buying Blue or our upcoming Community of Practice event, please email us

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