Many of our members are dealing with a variety of legislative and regulatory purchasing restrictions. We’ve helped draft legislative amendments, lobby state officials, and even assisted in drafting cooperative purchasing provisions for board policies.

We are constantly reviewing our competitive solicitation process to ensure that our contracting methods adhere to the highest standards of public procurement. Our member-driven competitive solicitation process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted procurement standards.

  • Even in the most restrictive states, members can utilize our contracts under the small purchase exemptions or under their respective bid thresholds.
  • Many states expressly provide exemptions from the bid requirements for cooperative agreements, allowing you to piggyback off of contracts created by other public institutions.
  • We’ve found cooperative purchasing provisions tucked away in Board of Regents or Trustees policies or in public institution policy manuals. These texts may be a good starting point for you.

If you have questions about the rules relating to cooperative purchasing in your state, contact us at We are happy to provide you with research or support any of your cooperative purchasing initiatives.

Our latest state overview of cooperative purchasing authorization for 4-year public institutions can be found on our compliance map.