National IPA Agreement Portfolio Overview for New Jersey
Pursuant to P.L. 2011, C 139 ( N.J.S.A.
52:34-6.2), New Jersey law allows local contracting units to make purchases and
contract for services through the use of national cooperative contracts, such
as those available through National IPA, so long as the contract complies with
the laws of the lead agency awarding the competitive contract. The lead
agencies who currently solicit and award cooperative contracts available through
National IPA are considered some of the best procurement teams in the nation.
National IPA is honored to be partnered with the best–of–the–best when it comes
to process‚ procedures and industry leaders.
The public bid solicitation and award process utilized by our lead agencies, is
also consistent with the public bidding and procurement policy in the State of
New Jersey. Under New Jersey law, New Jersey contracting units may
"piggyback" onto contracts awarded by National IPA’s lead agency
because the solicitation process fosters competitive bidding, in as much as it
utilizes advertising for bidding on a national cooperative contract; identifies
the criteria and basis for award in the solicitation, such as award to the
"lowest responsible bidder" or award to the "most advantageous
to the public entity, price and other factors considered;" includes
evaluative criteria when an RFP model is being used; excludes contracts based
on an unadvertised "invitation only" procurement method; and excludes
local preference or sole source procurement practices.
What does this mean for you? It means that
you can now utilize National IPA’s agreement portfolio to save valuable time
For more information about cooperative purchasing in New Jersey please contact your dedicated New Jersey National IPA representatives: