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Question Category: CoOp Purchasing FAQs

If the contractor does not perform acceptably under a Cooperative Purchasing order issued by a state or local entity, should the ordering activity request the GSA Contracting Officer take corrective measures?

No. Acceptance of an order by the Schedule contractor under Cooperative Purchasing constitutes the formation of a new contract between the non-federal ordering activity and the Schedule contractor. The ordering activity’s Contracting Officer is responsible for all contract administration under the new contract. While the majority of the terms and conditions of the Schedule contract …

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How do I place an order against a Schedule contract?

State and local government entities are encouraged to use GSA’s Schedule Ordering Procedures to ensure the benefit of receiving the best value from GSA Schedule contractors. When it is not feasible to use GSA’s Schedule ordering procedures, state and local entities may follow their own ordering procedures for buying products and services under Cooperative Purchasing.

Are state and local government entities required to use the GSA Schedules Program?

No. Cooperative Purchasing is voluntary for both state and local government entities and for Schedule contractors. State and local entities have full discretion to decide if they wish to make a Federal Supply Schedule purchase, subject to any limitations that may be established under state and local laws and procedures. Similarly, Schedule contractors have the …

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What is Cooperative Purchasing?

Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (the Act) amended the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, to allow for “Cooperative Purchasing.” Cooperative Purchasing allows for the Administrator of General Services to provide states and localities access to certain items offered through the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s), Federal Supply Schedule 70, Information Technology (IT) …

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