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Reviewing and approving all Department contracts, leases and related forms to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Coordinating reviews by the Office of the Arizona Attorney General and the Secretary of State relative to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between the Department and public agencies, in accordance with A.R.S. § 11-952.

Serving as a repository for DEMA contract files providing copies to the public.

Researching and responding to procurement-related protests and any subsequent appeals.


The Procurement Office of DEMA, and the State in general, endorse and practice ethical procurement policies. It is the policy of the State to maintain the highest ethical standards consistent with professional public procurement, best practices and zero tolerance for unethical behavior. Additionally, ethical practices are paramount to fostering an environment of a fair, equitable, open and a completely transparent procurement process. The ultimate goal is to increase competition; thus insuring the “best value” procurement for the State.

Even though the intent may be honorable or a customary practice, State employees are prohibited from accepting gifts, meals, trips or anything of value from a vendor. All State employees and State vendors, including vendor’s officers, employees and representatives, are subject to civil and criminal penalties related to conflict of interest, bribery, and similar offenses.

And finally……

We want to encourage you to consider the opportunities available to your firm to have a worthwhile, productive relationship with our Department. While doing business with any branch of government requires a reasonable and expected amount of due diligence from both the vendor and the receiving agency, we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to accomplish the needed tasks. Should you need additional assistance after reading the available information above, please be sure to contact one of us via the means described. Thank you for considering doing business with DEMA and the State of Arizona.

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