Technically, Cooperative Purchasing was effective upon publication of the Interim Rule in the Federal Register (May 7, 2003). However, existing Schedule 70 and Corporate Schedule contracts, containing IT SINs, must be modified, as mutually agreed between the Schedule contractor and the Federal Supply Service, to allow for Cooperative Purchasing.
CoOp Purchasing FAQs
The General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM), Part 538.7001, Definitions, offers the following definition of state and local governments: “The States of the United States, counties, municipalities, cities, towns, townships, tribal governments, public authorities (including public or Indian housing agencies under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school districts, colleges, and other institutions of …
No. Neither contractors nor grantees are authorized to purchase from GSA Schedule contracts under the Cooperative Purchasing Program.
Yes. Each Schedule contract price includes an industrial funding fee, which is represented in the prices paid by ordering activities and passed on to GSA by Schedule contractors. The IFF reimburses GSA for procurement and administrative costs incurred to operate the GSA Schedules Program.
Yes. However, the additional terms and conditions must be included as a part of the statement of work or the statement of objectives and must not conflict with the terms and conditions of the GSA Schedule contract.
Yes. The following contract terms and conditions are not incorporated by reference into Cooperative Purchasing orders: Disputes Clause; Patent Indemnity Clause; and Commercial Item Contract Terms and Conditions. Portions of the Commercial Item Contract terms and conditions that specify compliance with laws unique to federal government contracts are not applicable to Cooperative Purchasing orders.
Yes. Clause 552.232-81, Payments by Non-Federal Ordering Activities, allows for the terms and conditions of a state’s prompt payment law to apply to orders placed by eligible non-federal ordering activities. However, if the ordering activity is not otherwise subject to a state prompt payment law, the activity is covered by the federal prompt payment act …
No. Cooperative Purchasing does not impact state and local government preference programs.
Yes. Schedule contractors may accept any state and local government-issued credit cards for orders placed under Cooperative Purchasing. Contractors are required to accept credit cards for orders up to the micro-purchase threshold and contractors may voluntarily accept credit cards for orders exceeding the micro-purchase threshold.
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 …
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? Read More »