Who we are and What we do...
The primary function of the Purchasing Department is to acquire goods and services meeting quality standards at the lowest cost, considering prevailing economic conditions and end user requirements.
The Purchasing Agent establishes rules and procedures, subject to Commissioners Court approval, to provide procurement methods that ensure openness, fairness, and integrity.
The Purchasing Department is created for the purpose of providing a “checks and balances” system for expenditure of public funds. The Purchasing Department strives to maintain consistent and open communication with the vendor community and the various supported County departments and agencies.
Every effort is made to operate in an efficient and economical manner consistent with existing laws and sound business practices.
The mission of the Office of the Purchasing Agent is to acquire appropriate goods and services essential to the operation of Harris County government and certain other governmental agencies in a timely and prudent manner, considering quality, value, and economy. All purchases are made in compliance with the Texas Local Government Code (LGC), other relevant law and best business practices. Through anticipation of County requirements, proper planning, preparation and development of its employees, the Purchasing Office actively pursues opportunities for cost savings, economies of scale and broadening and diversification of its vendor base.
The Harris County Purchasing Agent is responsible for purchases of goods and services for: