The State of New Jersey has approved the use of nationally recognized, governmental sponsored cooperative agreements. Below is a list of approved cooperative agreements that University departments can use to procure goods.
|1GPA (1Government Procurement Alliance)||https://www.1gpa.org|
|AEPA (Association of Educational Purchasing Agency)||http://aepacoop.org/|
|E & I Cooperative Services||https://www.eandi.org/|
|Educational Data Services||https://www.ed-data.com/|
|HCESC (Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission)||http://www.hunterdonesc.org/hcesc/|
|HGACBUY (Helping Governments Across the Country Buy||https://www.hgacbuy.org/|
|Middlesex County Cooperative Bid||www.middlesexcountynj.gov|
|OMNIA Partners (f.k.a.) US Communities)||https://www.omniapartners.com/publicsector/us-communities-an-omnia-partner|
Please note that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:34-6.2(b)(3), prior to using a cooperative purchasing agreement, you must determine that such use results in cost savings after all factors, including charges for service, material, and delivery have been considered.
Furthermore, N.J.A.C. 17:12-1A.3 states that a cooperative purchasing agreement can be entered into when deemed to be “the most cost-effective contractual solution.”
In determining cost effectiveness, the following factors should be considered:
1. Lower than current State contract pricing that will afford material cost savings;
2. Lower than pricing for comparable goods or services of other State or public entity contracts;
3. Expanded product or service availability;
4. The ability to avoid the cost and time of a State procurement;
5. A record of satisfactory vendor performance;
6. Lower minimum purchase requirements;
7. A comparatively better quality of goods or services; and
8. Administrative cost factors required to participate in the cooperative agreement.