Appendix A - Joint and/or Cooperative Procurement Quick Facts

Joint and/or Cooperative procurement approvals required

  • CIO must approve all IT joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangements and all IT procurements from jointly and cooperatively procured contracts regardless of the amount of the IT purchase.
  • Public body can sponsor, conduct or administer an IT joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangement on behalf of other public bodies, agencies, institutions, or localities of several states for combining requirements to increase efficiency and reduce administrative expenses if approved by the CIO.
  • A public body may purchase from another public body's contract even if it did not participate in the RFP or IFB, if the RFP or IFB specified that the procurement was being conducted on behalf of other public bodies and the procurement is approved by the CIO.
  • Any authority, department, agency may participate in, sponsor conduct or administer a joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangement with public bodies, private health or educational institutions or with public agencies of the several states, territories of the U.S. or D.C. for the purposes of combining requirements to effect cost savings or reduce administrative expense in any acquisition of IT goods and services upon CIO approval.

Sponsoring a joint and/or cooperative procurements

  • All public bodies including agencies must request CIO approval to sponsor, conduct or administer joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangements regardless of the amount of the resulting contract. In order to obtain CIO approval, agencies and institutions should forward a completed IT Joint and Cooperative Procurement Approval Request Form to scminfo@vita.virginia.gov.
  • If a joint and/or cooperative procurement arrangement is approved, the agency must specify in the solicitation that the procurement is being conducted on behalf of other public bodies. The inclusion of this language allows additional agencies and institutions not named in the solicitation to purchase from the resulting contract.
  • An agency that sponsors a joint and/or cooperative procurement must serve as the contract manager and administrator for the contract.

Using jointly and cooperatively procured contracts

  • Agencies desiring to purchase IT from jointly and cooperatively procured contracts must request CIO approval before doing so regardless of the amount of the purchase. In order to obtain CIO approval, agencies should forward a completed IT Joint and Cooperative Procurement Approval Request Form to scminfo@vita.virginia.gov.
  • Agencies are not permitted to procure IT from jointly and cooperatively procured contracts if the same items are available on an existing statewide contract or a DSBSD-certified small business, including small businesses owned by women, minorities, and service-disabled veterans as well as micro businesses, is available to provide the goods or services at fair and reasonable prices.
  • Jointly and cooperatively procured contracts, including GSA contracts, typically should not be used for procurements involving intellectual property rights (e.g., software purchases or custom systems development) or that include service level agreements.