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 constantly review our competitive solicitation process to ensure our contracting methods adhere to the highest standards of public procurement. NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement has validated our member-driven competitive solicitation process as in compliance with generally accepted procurement standards.
E&I’s procurement practices have been reviewed and determined to be conducted in a manner that complies with the new regulations in the U.S. Department of Education’s General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Our portfolio of adopted contracts are developed by Lead Public Agencies (LPA) in higher education and K-12. E&I reviews the LPA’s documentation prior to adopting the contract to assure the LPA followed the standards E&I normally incorporates into its solicitations and that are generally accepted by the education community. While this review ensures the adopted contracts were awarded through a competitive process, the LPA would have been following their written procedures in the development of the contract. As such, E&I cannot provide assurances that the LPA’s practices comply with the new EDGAR regulations.
If you have questions about the rules relating to cooperative purchasing in your state, we are happy to provide you with research or support any of your procurement initiatives.