We have new procedures for using the CAL-Card on-line. Please follow the CalCard Visa link on the left. If you
have a CAL-Card or are an approving official for a CAL-Card holder please review and familiarize yourself with
the new rules and procedures. If you have any questions please contact (Vacant), Director of Business & Contract Services.
As directed by President Deegan and effective immediately,
all purchases with the Cal-Card require the prior approval of your
respective Vice President to undertake the transaction. By signing
the Cal-Card statements, Cardholders and Approving Officials are
attesting the required prior approval was granted by their Vice
President for the transactions listed on the statement. If you have
any questions please contact (Vacant), Director of Business &
Contracting on behalf of the College has an established process and we want to remind all of the procedure. All
agreements/contracts should be routed to Business & Contract Services for review and approval with the “pink” sheet
approval form attached. The approval form can be found at Board Agenda Item and/or Contract Review
& Approval Form.
Please print the form on pink paper. Complete the form as appropriate for the matter requested, obtain signatures
from the appropriate Dean and Vice President, and send, along with a copy of the documents involved, to our office in
Please note that many contracts must be approved by the Governing Board prior to signature and implementation. You
should plan accordingly. Agreements/contracts needing prior Governing Board approval, without exception, include the
If you have any questions regarding this process please contact me at x.2125 or Eileen Poole at x.2697.
- All contracts meeting the dollar requirements for mandatory public bidding under Public Contract Code sections
20111(a) & (b) (supplies, materials, equipment, services exceeding $76,700 plus) and section 20651(b) (public
works construction of $15,000 plus). This includes agreements related to contract/grant funded programs.
- All multi-year contracts excluding:
- maintenance, repair & service agreements
- hardware & software maintenance , license renewals
- All real estate purchase or lease agreements except leasing of classroom space.
- The hiring of any consultant and/or employee who will be acting in an administrative capacity or in support of
administrative functions of the District.
- The renewal or modification of any contract of any consultant and/or employee who will be acting in an administrative
capacity or in support of administrative functions of the District.
- All contracts involving instructional activities/offerings.
Questions have arisen concerning the proper use of Service Provider and Independent Contactor for
Honorarium agreements. The following with provide clarification for your using these agreements.
Service Provider Agreements- Employees doing work for the College outside their normal course and scope
of duties will be paid through payroll via the Service Provider agreement. While we can potentially have an employee be an independent contractor, if
the employee has a business license, TIN, etc., this practice should be a very rare occurrence and is discouraged.
Independent Contractor for Honorarium– This Form is used to for contract work of an honorarium nature and
services cannot exceed $600 in value. Contracting for professional services is not permitted using this form. Examples of honorarium services include:
If you have any questions regarding Service Provider and Independent Contractor for Honorarium agreements please see the forms and guides at
http://www.palomar.edu/fiscal_services/AP/APForms.htm or contact
Bill Morrison at ext. 2116.
- Boehm Gallery Speaker
- Professional Development Speaker/Trainer
- Performer/Speaker at Special Event (e.g., Pow Wow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Day, Orientation)
- Presenter of Tech-Prep Workshop
- One-Time Classroom Speaker
- Official at Athletic Events
Please note that all professional consulting agreements and agreements exceeding $600 must be processed through
Business and Contract Services to ensure that contract form is
appropriate, an authorized signature is obtained, and insurance certificates are in-place prior to any work being performed. Please contact Eileen Poole at ext. 2697 for assistance with these agreements.
IMMEDIATE CHANGE FOR AIRLINE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS - May 4, 2006
In order for the District to obtain California State Travel fares (YCAL / VCAL fares), we must utilize an eligible travel agency (per DGS - the California Department of
General Services). The District has been notified by DGS that we may not contract with Plaza Travel for State Travel Fares.
Effective immediately, the District is now working with eligible travel agency HOUSE OF TRAVEL INC., which is located in Sacramento:
House of Travel, Inc.
1107 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Toll Free: 800-444-9996
ALL DISTRICT TRAVEL USING STATE FARE RATES MUST BE BOOKED THROUGH HOUSE OF TRAVEL.
Because State rates encompass a large number of in-state, out-of-state and international travel, we recommend that for all airfare travel
arrangements you contact House of Travel to ensure that any available State fare is obtained for the District.
Our existing travel procedures will remain the same for our District departments except that the travel agent is changing. Updated travel booking procedures are
Departments may contact House of Travel at their toll-free number 800-444-9996 or via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain itinerary and price information. The Department should ask House
of Travel if any of the travel is subject to State rates, and how long the temporary reservation can be on hold subject to District Purchasing
authorization (a District PO#) before it will be cancelled.
If NONE of the airline travel on the reservation is being charged at State Rates, then a Department may use its CalCard to purchase the airline
ticket, subject to their CalCard’s transaction limitations.
IF ANY OF THE AIRLINE TRAVEL IS CHARGED AT STATE RATES
(or if a CalCard can not be used for non-State-rate airfare), then a District Purchase Order Number must be used to officially finalize and book the airline reservation with House of Travel.
The initial temporary reservation with House of Travel must be finalized by issuance of a District PO# within 24 hours (or longer if the Air Fare rules permit)
before the reservation will lapse.
To quickly obtain a District PO#, the Requestor/Department must submit a Requisition to Purchasing as follows:
- Immediately obtain a Requisition Number off of the “Requisition Form” section of the Purchasing Requisition website at :
- Then immediately call Teri Amavisca, Buyer, at Ext. 2192, to obtain a verbal Purchase Order Number for that Requisition that is currently in process.
(Exception: CCCSAT and e-Conferencing must submit hard copy requisitions signed by Berta Cuaron to Purchasing before Purchasing will give
out a PO number.)
- With the verbal PO# from Purchasing, the Requestor/Department can then again contact House of Travel with that PO# so that House of Travel can officially ticket/book
the airline reservation.
- The Department will promptly submit the hard copy signed Requisition to Purchasing. The Requisition should reflect the PO# on it that Teri had assigned, and have a
copy of the itinerary attached. The requisition total cost should include the airfare cost (includes taxes), Security Fees, Passenger Facility Charge, and a
$15.00 House of Travel Processing Fee.
If your trip, such as a special large group trip, requires you to book your travel arrangements with a travel agency other than House of Travel, complete a Purchasing Requisition and attach
all pertinent information. If a pre-payment needs to be made to the travel agency, also attach a Pre-Payment Authorization Form that is available from
If you have any questions regarding CalCards, please contact Chris Wick at Ext. 2122. If you have any questions about Travel Requisitions, please contact Teri Amavisca,
Buyer, at Ext. 2192 (or in Teri’s absence, contact the Purchasing front desk at Ext. 2121).
Thank you for your efforts to keep the District’s travel costs at reduced rates.
Our independent Auditors, while conducting the 2003-04 audit, discovered that a few Departments made purchases using vouchers that were in violation of District
policies or procedures. The Auditors recommended management action to ensure District purchasing policies and procedures are followed. To accommodate this
recommendation the following procedure is effective April 1, 2005.
Pay Vouchers may only be used for:
- Subscriptions under $250
- Memberships under $250
- Employee Reimbursements for emergency supply items - under $250. No reimbursement for
purchases of equipment, rentals or services is allowed unless granted as an exception by Purchasing. A
statement of justification for the emergency supplies purchase must accompany the Pay Voucher
- Refunds to students
- Payments to Campus Food Services/Aramark under $500
In all the above cases except the refund to students the Cal-Card could be used and in fact is the preferred method. The Cal-Card, if used properly, is very convenient for staff, saves the
District significant overhead costs, and is less work for almost everyone. It is important that the use of vouchers and the Cal-Card be closely monitored.
Questions regarding the processing of Pay Vouchers should be addressed to Susan Coleman in Accounts Payable. If you have any concerns or questions with
implementing the procedure above, please contact (Vacant), Director of Business and Contract Services, at Extension 2125.
ATTENTION: ALL CAL CARD HOLDERS/APPROVING OFFICIALS
It has come to our attention that some cardholders have received emails that look like they are from US Bank. These emails are asking the
cardholder to go to a link and update their account information. These emails are fraudulent. Please be aware that
US Bank will never contact you by email or phone and request that you verify any information regarding your account. If you
receive these types of emails please delete them or forward them to
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call
Business and Contract Services at Ext. 2121.
ATTENTION ALL CAL CARD HOLDERS:
In conjunction with the general email regarding the purchase of AV equipment, we are making a change
to our Authorized/Prohibited Purchases page. Effective immediately, AV equipment may no longer be purchased with the cal card. You will need to submit a
purchasing requisition for all AV equipment purchases. Following is a list of what is considered AV equipment:
TV's, VCR's, mounts, screens, carts, projectors (overhead, data/video, slide, 35MM), CD players, DVD players, tape recorders, boom boxes, PA systems,
camcorders, tripods, etc.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Chris Wick at extension 2122.