The Catholic University of America

Strategic Sourcing & Business Services

Our Mission

The Office of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, advises and supports the University in the prudent and effective procurement of goods and services, ensuring that the University consolidates and leverages its purchasing power and that procurement decisions are supported by accurate information.

In addition, Procurement Services is responsible for ensuring compliance with the competitive bid policy, selecting vendors, awarding contracts and purchase orders, and for maintaining the University's procurement records.


Procurement Process Map

Procurement process flow diagram for P2P transactions.

Procurement's Contractor/Vendor Selection Process for Capital Projects



Develop specifications for goods and services

Collect and maintain information on qualified vendors by commodity

Establish preferred vendor relationships

Competitive bids

Materials and services contract 

Negotiate University discount agreements

Vendor relation

Delivery services

Procurement card program

Corporate travel card

Travel services (travel service portal)

Hotel agreements


Functions of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement

What we do and How we do it



Signature Authority

Procurement Policy

Corporate Travel Card

Travel Policy

Procurement Card

Unauthorized Purchase Policy

Standardization Policy


Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy                               

Cooperative Memberships

Strategic Sourcing

Vendor Code of Ethics

Tax Exemptions

Doing Business with CUA

Capital Projects Process

CUA Employee Benefits

LL40 Leahy Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC  20064
Tel:  202-319-5044
Fax: 202-319-5047
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Summer Schedule
Monday to Thursday
9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00am to Noon
Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing, Business Services & Payables
Dick Blackwell
Procurement Team Members
P-card Administrator & Admin. Assistant III
Admin. Assistant I
Procurement Manager
Admin. Assistant II
Contract Specialist III
If you require assistance with your requisitions, purchase orders and/or receiving purchase orders in the Cardinal Financials, email  A Procurement Team member will contact you within 24 hours or the next business day.
For vendor applications: