Prudent Procurement Practices

Cooperative procurement can help make the best use of resources when acquiring equipment.


The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a government-to-government nationwide procurement cooperative that serves more than 50,000 members nationwide (www.njpacoop.org). It offers a multitude of contract purchasing solutions for products, equipment and services that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficiently as they do business with each other.

There is no cost for any government agency to become a member of NJPA. Once membership is established, it never expires.

HGACBuy (www.hgacbuy.org) is another nationwide government-to-government procurement service. As a unit of local government assisting other local governments, HGACBuy strives to make the governmental procurement process more efficient by establishing competitively priced contracts for goods and services, and by providing the customer service necessary to help its members achieve their procurement goals.

All contracts available to members of HGACBuy have been awarded by virtue of a public competitive procurement process compliant with state statutes. It has 7,000 plus members in 48 states.

Another national option is the WSCA (Western States Contracting Alliance)-NASPO (National Association of State Procurement Officials) Cooperative Purchasing Organization. A subsidiary entity of NASPO, it manages the association’s unified, nationally-focused cooperative purchasing program which leverages the collective expertise and experience of WSCA and NASPO and aggregates the demand of all 50 states and their political subdivisions.

Whether it is an automotive lift, or any of the hundreds of other products and service needed to run a shop, chances are most of the items can be purchased for less using cooperative procurement.

Steve Perlstein is president of Mohawk Lifts, a leader in lift technology. www.mohawklifts.com. The company offers environmentally safe above ground lifts ranging from 6,000- to 240,000-lb capacities, along with many lift accessories.

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