COOPERATIVE CONTRACTS USED BY THE STATE OF DELAWARE
Delaware Code Title 29 §6933 allows that the Section may participate in, sponsor, conduct or administer a cooperative purchasing agreement for the procurement of materiel or nonprofessional services with 1 or more public procurement units either within the State or with another state in accordance with an agreement entered into between the participants.
The State of Delaware is a member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). NASPO was formally established on January 29, 1947. In addition, the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) was formed in October 1993 by the state purchasing directors from fifteen NASPO western states. The primary purpose of creating NASPO/WSCA was to establish the means by which participating states may join together in cooperative multi-State contracting.
NASPO/WSCA Cooperative Contracts use a “lead state” model to carefully ensure open, competitive cooperative contracts. The lead state owns and manages the contract. NASPO/WSCA Cooperative Contracts have been awarded by a competitive solicitation process, usually an RFP, to all contracted vendors in compliance with the lead state's statutory requirements.
The Minnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy (MMCAP) is a free, voluntary group purchasing organization operated and managed by the State of Minnesota's Department of Administration for government healthcare facilities. MMCAP's primary function is to provide a full range of pharmaceuticals to its participating facilities. However, it also has contracts, for vials and containers, medical supplies, drug testing, returned goods processing, influenza vaccine, and dental supplies. Complete and execute the MMCAP Membership and Agreement Forms and submit it to Kieran Mohammed, DE Health & Social Services, (302) 255-9291, to participate.
The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a Minnesota-based Service Cooperative created by Minnesota Legislative Statute 123A.21, conducts a competitive bidding and selection process.
U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is comprised of state, municipalities and local governments. U.S. Communities is the only government cooperative purchasing organization to be co-founded and sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), The National League of Cities (NLC), The Association of School Business Officials, International (ASBO), The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). Additionally, U.S. Communities is overseen by an Advisory Board of key public procurement professionals.
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS) of Region VIII Education Service Center. The Region VIII Education Service Center is a political subdivision of Texas. TEX. EDUC. CODE §8.001 et seq. This agreement is for the purchase of refurbished laptop/notebook computers only by the Delaware public school system.
The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) initiated its cooperative purchasing program in 1974. Originally created as the Pennsylvania Education Joint Purchasing Council (PAEJPC), the program offered area members opportunities to save on basic supplies. In the ensuing years, the PAEJPC expanded membership to allow statewide entities throughout Pennsylvania the opportunity to utilize their contracts. In the year 2000, PAEJPC became a member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). Through this partnership, the PAEJPC could offer members additional commodities in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. These programs and their successes were the building blocks for the national program offered today, known as The Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN).
The State of Delaware has entered into participating agreements with various states and cooperatives to fulfill the State's needs.