20.1 Purchases from joint and/or cooperative procurements (non-GSA Schedule 70)

20.1.3 Before using a joint and/or cooperative contract

A prudent buyer should do the following before utilizing a joint and/or cooperative IT contract:

  • Review the joint and/or cooperative IT contract for conformance with state or local procurement laws and best practices.
  • Analyze the product or service specifications, price, terms and conditions and other factors to ensure that the joint and/or cooperative IT contract produces best value.
  • Contact the joint and/or cooperative lead agency or public body to verify contract application and eligibility.
  • Compare contracts if there are multiple contracts available for the required IT product or service.
  • When buying large quantities, verify whether the contract permits negotiation of additional price concessions.
  • If a purchase agreement or sign-up agreement is required, confer with an IT procurement professional, VITA or your agency's legal counsel to determine whether the agreement is acceptable.