Cooperative / Group Purchasing Programs
Cooperative and Group purchasing organizations allow those eligible to order under established contracts without additional formal bidding. As a state agency and an institution of higher education, The University of Texas at Austin is eligible to participate in many group and cooperative purchasing programs. The University of Texas System currently requires UT institutions to only use the following:
The University of Texas System Supply Chain Alliance – UTSSCA was created to expand the use of joint purchasing and explore new opportunities to leverage the collective size and strength of the UT System institutions through cooperative purchasing.
Educational & Institutional Cooperative (E&I) – E&I is a not-for-profit buying cooperative which provides goods and services to its members at the best possible value. The Cooperative is owned by its membership of more than 1500 tax-exempt colleges, universities, prep schools, hospitals, medical research institutions and hospital purchasing organizations located throughout the United States, including The University of Texas at Austin.
Premier, Inc. – Premier focuses on items required by healthcare organizations. The University of Texas at Austin is eligible to use their contracts. Premier has established an authorization process for Premier members to allow shopping—not buying—by non-procurement staff members. Contact the Purchasing Office for instructions on how to obtain this authorization.
Department of Information Resources (DIR) – DIR is an agency of the State of Texas. Among their varied responsibilities, DIR must negotiate volume purchase agreements for quality products and services. All Texas state agencies are eligible to use these agreements.
Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) – TPASS is a division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts whose primary responsibility is to provide goods, services, and facilities to the State of Texas. One part of fulfilling this responsibility is establishing term contracts available to all Texas state agencies.
Texas Multiple Award Schedules (TXMAS) - TPASS also maintains the Texas Multiple Award Schedules (TXMAS); these contracts have been developed from contracts awarded competitively by the federal government or any other governmental entity of any state.
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