All agencies have the authority to conduct procurements and award contracts for their own needs up to $50,000. This base authority is sometimes called “base certification.”
Certification is a shorthand reference for procurement authority granted by the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) to agencies for procurements exceeding $50,000. When SFAA grants such authority, it issues a certificate to the agency that identifies the types of procurements they can conduct, and for each type, the dollar limits below which they can make direct procurements. To illustrate, a sample certificate is attached below.