Gibbons Ford COSTARS Supplier
The Commonwealth Procurement Code provides the statutory authority for Member entities to engage in cooperative purchasing with the Commonwealth. The Procurement Code authorizes DGS to enter into cooperative purchasing contracts solely for the use of its Members. DGS requires eligible LPPUs and state affiliated entities to register as COSTARS members, and only those organizations registered with DGS may purchase from contract.
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Member Eligibility Requirements
The Procurement Code authorizes local public procurement units and state-affiliated entities to participate in certain contracts for supplies and services managed by the Department of General Services (DGS). A “local public procurement unit” is defined as:
- Any political subdivision (local government unit), such as a municipality, school district or commission
- Any public authority (including authorities formed under the Municipality Authorities Act of 1955 or other authorizing legislation, such as the Public Transportation Law or the Aviation Code)Any tax-exempt, nonprofit educational institution or organization
- Any tax-exempt, nonprofit public health institution or organization
- Any nonprofit fire company, rescue company, or ambulance company
- Any other entity that spends public funds for the procurement of supplies, services, and construction (such as council of governments or an area government, or an organization that receives public grant funds)
- Co-stars 25 contract Municipal vehicles only.