FAMIS: On-line Catalog for DOE Purchases
Posted by P. Conrad on September 4, 2006
The FAMIS system is not for teachers’ out-of-pocket spending, or for using Teachers Choice funds. However, FAMIS is useful when the school is the purchaser: a teacher can shop in the “E-Catalog” and then provide his or her supervisor with a list of FAMIS item numbers and quantities. The ordering is then done electronically.
Since FAMIS is designed for on-line purchasing, the web-site or “portal” is accessed by a user-ID and a password. Teachers (who will not be approving purchases or actually placing orders) can request access for Inquiry Only, which lets you research items and prices without actually completing a purchase order. To do so, download and submit a form requesting a FAMIS User-ID, signed by your supervisor. You can also do limited searches in the FAMIS E-Catalog by simply entering your Board of Education e-mail address (no User-ID or password).
The DOE Office of Purchasing webpage hosts a well-made training module for first time FAMIS users.