The Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) addresses joint and/or cooperative procurements in § 2.2-4304 and § 2.2-2012. Joint and/or cooperative procurement contracts can provide convenient vehicles for agencies to buy IT goods and services. Instead of seeking quotes, bids or proposals, public bodies simply select products and services from the joint and/or cooperative contract catalog, saving considerable time and effort. Agencies can also be assured that the contract was conducted in accordance with the sponsoring state's or locality's procurement laws or regulations. Most joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangements utilize rigorous standards when establishing contracts. Joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangements can save significant time and money in obtaining an information technology (IT) product or service and may result in lower pricing through the power of aggregation. Joint and/or cooperative procurements can also help realize supplier diversity initiatives.
Joint and/or cooperative purchasing also allows for the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide states and localities access to certain items offered through the GSA's Federal Supply Schedule 70, Information Technology (IT), and Consolidated Schedule contracts, containing IT special item numbers (SINs). The information technology (IT) available to state and local governments includes automated data processing equipment (including firmware), software, supplies, support equipment, and services.
All public bodies including agencies and institutions must request CIO approval--