Purchasing Services

  • Welcome to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Purchasing Services website. 

    Houston Independent School District is transitioning to electronic bidding. To register as a prospective supplier and use our bidding portal, register at https://houstonisd.ionwave.net/Login.aspx

    NOTE: Establishing a user account for HISD’s electronic bidding portal does not authorize vendors from doing business with the District. Vendors must respond to a specific solicitation “bid” project that will go through a formal review process and approval by HISD Board of Education.

    All existing and prospective vendors interested in responding to a solicitation / Bid must register on our E-Bidding platform, Ion Wave.  Once registered, you will be notified via email when a solicitation is issued relating to the product or service commodities selected during the registration process. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, click on the following tutorial link: https://vimeo.com/376008122/0408299df9 

    HISD procurement documents are made available online via HISD’s electronic bidding portal.  It is the responsibility of the vendor submitting a proposal to make certain that the HISD Purchasing Office has the appropriate company name, authorized representatives, and contact information on file for the purpose of receiving notices, changes, addenda, or other critical information.  

    Proposals must be submitted electronically using HISD’s electronic bidding portal by the established deadline.  Faxed or emailed proposals will not be accepted.  Proposals must be submitted in sufficient time to be received and time stamped by HISD’s electronic bidding portal on or before the proposal due date and time.  HISD’s electronic bidding portal does not accept responses/submissions after the due date and time.  Note that if a vendor begins responding to the bid request but does not click “submit” by the time the RFP is scheduled to close, the proposal/submission will not have been submitted. HISD will not be responsible for proposals submitted late.  All proposals must remain open until the anticipated Board of Education meeting as stipulated in the solicitation.

    Prior To Procuring Goods or Services For Your Department/Campus  

    NOTICE: All vendors must be selected under one of the procurement methods stipulated in Chapter 44, section 44.031 of the Texas Education Code and approved by the HISD Board of Education before HISD can begin using their goods and/or services.  HISD requires all vendors to have an approved procurement instrument (i.e., purchase order, term contract, blanket purchase agreement, etc.) in place prior to providing goods or services. Entering into contracts verbally or without appropriate authorization is prohibited and a violation of state law. Any vendor who delivers services or goods to HISD without a proper contract is doing so entirely at their own risk. HISD does not pay for goods or services that were provided without the benefit of a properly executed procurement contract. You must enter a shopping cart against an approved Master Service Agreement to have a supplier provide services.  

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