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Cooperative Purchasing

for Texas Counties

Steve Fisher, Program Manager, BuyBoard

Texas Association of Counties Annual Conference

Austin, August 16-18, 2006

cooperative purchasing
Cooperative Purchasing
  • Statewide Cooperative (The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative).
  • Created as administrative agency pursuant to Interlocal Cooperation Act, Chapter 791, Texas Government Code and a local cooperative association under Section 271 Local Government Code
  • Sponsored by Texas Association of Counties, Texas Municipal League and Texas Association of School Boards.
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Cooperative Purchasing
  • Coop governed by a eleven member Board of Trustees (6 school, 3 city, and 2 county)
  • Currently represents around 1600 entities, (city, county, school, university, and special districts)
  • Outside legal review was conducted in 2004 to review procedures and processes
  • Over 6300 registered vendors and or manufacturers
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Cooperative Purchasing
  • Over 600 awarded vendors
  • 25 general commodity groups
  • Transaction fee of 2% charged to the vendor for all products except vehicles
  • Flat fee per purchase order for vehicles:
    • $400 for cars, light/medium and heavy duty trucks.
    • $800 for ambulances
    • $1500 for fire apparatus
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Cooperative Purchasing
  • All contracts are competitively procured according to Texas law following Local Government Code sections 252, 262 and 271 and Education Code 44.031
  • Advertisements are placed in 10 newspapers from around the state
  • Term of contracts
    • One to three years
  • Geographic options by designated boundaries
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Cooperative Purchasing

Proposal/Bid Process

  • Advertisements are placed in 10 newspapers throughout the state.
  • Registered vendors receive notification via email and fax
  • Proposals posted to the Internet
  • Response is provided in hard copy, sealed envelopes
  • Cooperative Board makes award
  • Tabulations posted to the Internet
  • Contract loaded on the BuyBoard
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Cooperative Purchasing

Proposal/Bid Award Methodology

  • Single Awards
    • Best value that includes cost, delivery, past performance, reputation, etc.
  • Catalog Awards
    • Discount from catalog or list price
    • Award made by manufacturer
    • Multiple award
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Cooperative Purchasing
  • Benefits of Cooperative Purchasing
    • Compliance with state laws
    • Competitive pricing
    • Vendor sourcing
    • Shortens procurement cycle
    • Saves administrative costs
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Cooperative Purchasing

What is the BuyBoard?

  • Answer……..The BuyBoard is the combination of The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative and an Internet purchasing application.
    • The Cooperative provides the legal mechanism utilizing Interlocal Agreements for entities to purchase goods and services jointly
    • The BuyBoard provides the mechanism to share contract data via the Internet and automate the purchasing process
buyboard application
BuyBoard Application
  • Single source access to thousands of products from hundreds of vendors, all competitively bid.
  • Defined security roles (Shopper, Purchaser, Approver, and Releaser).
  • Entity established approval routes.
  • Real time reporting and tracking of requisitions and purchase orders.
  • Ability to integrate into financial systems.
  • Request for quote (RFQ) option for volume purchases.
commodities products
Athletic, Physical Education Supplies and Equipment

Audio Visual Equipment & Supplies

Automotive Products and Supplies

Building Maintenance, Repair and Operation Supplies and Equipment

Computer/Technology/Software Supplies & Equipment

Custodial Supplies & Equipment

First Aid, Medical Supplies and Equipment

Floor Covering & Sports Surfaces

Food Services Supplies & Equipment

Furniture- Office, School & Library

General Construction/Road and Bridge Equipment

Ground Maintenance Supplies and Equipment

Instructional & Teaching Aids Supplies & Equipment

Job Order Contracting & Underground Asset Renewal

Library/Instructional Books and Supplies

Music & Theater Supplies & Equipment

Office Supplies and Equipment

Paper- Copy, Computer & Office Paper Products

Parks & Recreation Supplies and Equipment/Sports Lighting

Permanent/Portable Modular Buildings, Ramp Systems

Public Safety/Police/Fire/EMS Supplies & Equipment

Public Works Supplies & Equipment

Uniforms & Clothing Apparel

Vehicles/Trucks/Buses & Trailers

Water Treatment Supplies/Equipment

Commodities& Products
cooperative membership is easy
Cooperative Membership is Easy
  • Membership Requirements
    • Interlocal Agreement
    • Interlocal Agreement is perpetual, never requires additional action
  • Effective Sept 1, 2006 membership is free
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