The Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division (PD) provides innovative purchasing methods to meet the needs of any California governmental entity (state, city, county, district, or other local governmental body or corporation including the California State Universities (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems, K-12 schools and community colleges) empowered to expend public funds to utilize designated State contracts, per Public Contract Code Section 10298, et. seq.

This law allows entities described above, to leverage the State's buying power and purchase directly from suppliers through existing contracts and agreements, without further competitive bidding.

Before utilizing a contract, local agencies must review the contract user instructions to determine whether the contract is available for use by their agency and following the order procedures, as outlined within the document.

The Department of General Services Procurement Division (DGS-PD) charges suppliers an administrative fee for the use of its established contracts. All applicable fees are identified in the contract user instructions. See the current administrative fees in the DGS PRICE BOOK.

LPA Benefits

  • Free access and usage of, pre-negotiated, competed, ready to use contracts for products and services from reliable suppliers
  • Contracts have been written and vetted using best practices, by trained State procurement professionals in accordance to California procurement laws
  • Leverages the State’s buying power and volume, thereby lowering prices
  • LPAs are fiscally sound and less risk
  • Reduces administrative overhead, shortening procurement timeframes
  • Uphold public confidence via legal and transparent procurements
  • Maintain less inventory due to reduced timeframes(Just-in-Time)
  • Includes Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) products

CAPPO – California Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc.

CAPPO was formed in 1915 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional behavior and ethical conduct in public procurement. As the oldest public procurement association in the United States, CAPPO works to provide tools to buyers in the public sector that will help them develop their professional skills for their benefit and the benefit of their agencies.

CAPPO members exchange ideas in an effort to resolve problems affecting California's public agencies by sharing information on technical advances, cost factors, new laws, and sources for products. This open collaboration helps to strengthen the skills of public procurement officials as they fulfill their responsibilities to the public they serve.

CAPPO helps cities, counties, schools, colleges, universities, special districts, and the State to build and strengthen fully effective procurement departments. CAPPO's ongoing educational programs and high ethical standards have provided substantial benefits to these entities. Good government and good procurement are mutually beneficial. CAPPO is dedicated to both.

NASPO ValuePointNational Association of State Procurement Officials and Explore contracts for California

NASPO ValuePoint is a cooperative purchasing program facilitating public procurement solicitations and agreements using a lead-state model. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing State Chief Procurement Officers with the support and procurement resources they need.

NASPO ValuePoint provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states and the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers the highest valued, reliable and competitively sourced contracts - offering public entities outstanding prices.

MMCAP InfuseMinnesota Multistate Contracting Alliance for Pharmacy

MMCAP Infuse is a national cooperative group purchasing organization (GPO) for government facilities that provide healthcare services. MMCAP Infuse was established in 1985, is operated by the State of Minnesota, Office of State Procurement, and is self-funded. It has over 13,000 members across all 50 states. Use of MMCAP Infuse is free for our members and purchasing from our contracts is voluntary.

MMCAP Infuse has over 13,000 members across all 50 states. Member facilities, including state agencies, counties, cities and school districts, are responsible for providing healthcare. Public health facilities comprise nearly half of membership, followed by correctional facilities at 20%, educational institutions 10% and mental health facilities 7%.

Not only are Alternative Fuel Vehicles available to California local governmental agencies, but they are also available to state and local government employees at the state contract price, or at other discounted rates.

Enroll in Statewide Travel Program for California Government Entities - Cities, counties, special districts, state universities, community colleges, and K-12 public school districts can benefit from lower travel costs by enrolling in the Statewide Travel Program.

California Million LED Challenge whereby the supplier (All Phase Electric Supply) has agreed to extend discounted pricing to all State and Local Governmental Agencies.

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