Supplies Branch was initially established as a department of public works through Treasury Circular Ref.No.2012/57/02 of 19 January 1960. Its main objective was to procure common user items (CUIs) for the colonial government with an initial capital fund of Kshs.15 million. The fund was managed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works for the purposes of procuring common stores, sourcing of term contracts, custody of furniture, and sourcing of fuel for government departments. Since inception, the Supplies Branch has been moved severally between three ministries; i.e. office of the President, Ministry of Finance and Ministry responsible for Public Works. Currently, the entity as spelt out in the executive order is domiciled in the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, under State Department of Public Works.