Friday, December 30, 2011

Why use cooperative purchasing contract

State of Oregon experiences budget cutbacks
America has experienced cutbacks and budget reductions to many programs. Municipalities are being asked to do more with less and finding cooperative purchasing contracts an easy solution.  Nationally organizations like the National Joint Powers Alliance have recognized the value in providing price and value negotiated pricing that is leveraged by a multitude of municipalities in various states.  Because everyone from the Hawaii School District to the Department of Forestry qualifies as a government entity they too can capitalize on the wide array of available competitively awarded contracts. 

Instead of writing and administering a RFP and everything that goes along with it they can utilize a cooperative competitively awarded contract like the State of Oregon contract #0434 for ALL Ford vehicles.  This contract includes cooperative language that includes municipalities and non-profits throughout the Western region with the Oregon Cooperative Procurement Program.  The reciprocal preference law includes State of Washington government and municipalities including fire, police and WDOT entities in the possible users.    The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has worked very hard to provide contracts that are easy to utilize, while providing a good value for the taxpayers.  For more information about ORCPP contact Nancy with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services at 503.378.2497 and ask about membership.  For a listing of the available 2011 vehicles see the equipment listing for the Oregon Cooperative Procurement Program.  Remember only Gresham Ford Fleet has been awarded State of Oregon Contract #0434 for ALL Ford Vehicles. 

When a buyer is able to utilize an pre-negotiated contract that has been competitively awarded it allows them to act with more efficiency and speed.  Working together and leveraging the buying power of large groups of municipalities help to negotiate even better values for the taxpayer.  Many buyers are looking to cooperative purchasing contract like the ones provided by the State of Oregon in order to achieve their goals and accomplish more tasks in less time. m

State of Oregon Cooperative Procurement Program