The Departments of Business Services have responsibility for purchasing and paying for goods and services on behalf of the university and for processing purchases and payments in compliance with policies set forth by the university, sponsored projects, the Internal Revenue Service, and the State Board of Equalization.
USC Procurement Services’ mission is to support the university by applying the best methods and best business practices when acquiring goods and services. Within the context of the university environment, Procurement Services will promote the development and use of procurement processes that, in turn, promote the pursuit of excellence and the best interests of USC.
USC’s corporate cards are designed to simplify payment and tracking of purchases made by university faculty and staff. The P-Card is the recommended form of payment for USC goods and services costing less than $5,000—except for travel, dining and event-related goods and services, for which the Travel Card should be used.
Payment Services ensures all disbursements of university funds are done in accordance with university policy and within Federal and State regulations. This means providing external as well as internal customers with the most efficient, precise, and prompt service.
USC Travel Management strategically provides an efficient, cost-effective business travel program to assist faculty, staff and university guests in their quest for teaching, research, artistic creation, professional proactive and patient care. Travel Management negotiates discounts and services with preferred suppliers for airlines, hotels, rental cars, charter buses and travel agencies.
USC values the quality of its suppliers and the strength of its collaborative partnerships. The departments of Business Services work in tandem with university suppliers to provide professional, responsive, and quality goods and services in support of the University of Southern California’s (USC) academic, research, social and economic goals.