7.0 Introduction

The Commonwealth's procurement professionals have always used the tremendous purchasing power of the state to demand lower prices and better quality products and services. Meanwhile, the Commonwealth is also increasing its demand for cleaner or "greener" products, for products made locally and for products manufactured or sold by small businesses. Using the considerable procurement leverage of the Commonwealth, VITA is committed to achieving the following socio-economic goals, as appropriate to the procurement:

  • Encouraging the participation of a more diverse supplier base of small businesses, including small businesses owned by women, minorities, and service-disabled veterans in IT procurement transactions, as well as micro businesses.
  • Promoting the procurement of energy-saving and environmentally-friendly information technology (IT) products.
  • Substantially increasing the procurement of recycled content products.