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) and Corporate Schedule contracts, containing IT Special Item Numbers (SINs). The information technology available to state and local governments includes automated data processing equipment (including firmware), software, supplies, support equipment, and services.