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Contractual Agreement

Each contract shall be awarded by the Chief Procurement Officer by prompt written notice to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder pursuant to either a solicitation or an informal quotation request.

(a) The delivery of a State of Tennessee purchase order or a notice of contract award (for term contracts) with the valid signature of a contracting officer of the Central Procurement Office constitutes acceptance of the offer to sell and consummates the binding contractual agreement.

(b) Only the Chief Procurement Officer is authorized to bind the State in contractual agreements. Contracts signed by other State personnel are null and void and do not obligate the State to payment for goods and/or services unless contracted for under authorization of Delegated Purchase Authority or Emergency Purchases.

(c) State agencies are not authorized to sign standard contract forms used by vendors.

General Procurement Information: 615-741-1035