Washington State UniversityDelegation of Authority
Delegation of Authority
The Contracts Office manages the process for granting delegated contractual authority to WSU employees:
The Dean or Vice President of the requesting unit must fill out the Memorandum of Request Regarding Delegation of Contractual Authority and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The employee for which delegated authority is being requested must complete the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) mandated Procurement Training available on HRS’s website.
The employee for which delegated authority is being requested must complete Contracts Training with the Contracts Office.
The Contracts Office will draft the delegation letter in conjunction with other University stakeholders, and route it for review and approval.
Once a final determination has been made on the request for delegated authority, the Contracts Office will communicate that decision and any associated documentation to the requesting department, and the affected employee.
Contractual Delegation is specific authority given to some WSU employees via a letter of delegation signed by the University President.
The delegation letter is explicit about what authority has been granted. If the delegation does not grant authority in a specific area (i.e. interagency agreements), the delegate does not have the authority to sign those agreements.
Only those individuals who have been granted a delegation of contractual authority may sign contracts on behalf of the University.