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Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) awards and manages hundreds of statewide contracts on behalf of more than 200 state agencies and 1,800 cooperative purchasing members.

With a massive marketplace and billions of dollars in purchasing power, Texas offers abundant opportunities for vendors of a wide variety of goods and services, including minority- and women-owned businesses.

Products and services offered have been established through open competition and meet state purchasing and competitive bid requirements. 

All State contracts have been competitively bid or are considered set-asides and therefore, do not require any additional procurement steps on behalf of the University.

Cooperative Agency Description
Buyboard Cooperative Purchasing Agreement for a wide range of products and services.  No bidding is required.  A username and/or password is required.  Request a username/password.
Educational & Institutional Cooperative Purchasing (E&I) Not-for-profit buying cooperative.  Contracts more than 80 suppliers in the areas of:  Furniture, Interior Furnishings, Computers & Electronics, Maintenance, Food Service, Office Equipment & Supplies, Background Investigations, and Transportation & Delivery Services.  No bidding is required.
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) A public agency serving as a national purchasing cooperative with 170+ competitively awarded contracts and 50,000 member agencies.  No cost, no obligation membership.  Technology, MRO, Facilities, Scientific/Laboratory, Construction, Heavy Equipment, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Appliances, Electronics, Logistics, and more.  No bidding is required.
Council on Competitive Government (CCG) Created in response to a growing interest in making government more efficient, cost-effective, and competitive and exists to advance government transformation efforts, which reexamine the method of delivering services in ways that improve efficiency and effectiveness as is relevant to citizens.  No bidding is required.
Choice Partners Partners include:  Facilities Planning and Facility Contracts, Supplies and Service Contracts, Food Contracts with Bread, Dairy, Grocery, and Produce, Technology Products, and Choice Energy Partners.  No bidding is required.  A username and/or password is required.  Request a username/password.
Provista Offers a full spectrum of cost-effective products and services including student health products, dining services, and building services/facilities management.  No bidding is required.
The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) Assists in helping public agencies and non-profits reap the benefits of national leveraged pricing, with no cost to the member.  Contracts cover:  Facilities, Furniture, Office Supplies & Equipment, security Systems, and Technology and other goods and service industries.  No bidding required.
The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS/TAPS) Provides school districts and other governmental entities opportunities for greater efficiency and economy in acquiring goods and services.  No bidding is required.
U.S. Communities National Purchasing Cooperative Provides resources and solutions to:  local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education, and nonprofits.  Reduces the cost of goods and services to include, but not limited to:  Facilities, Office & School Supplies, Specialty Items, and Technology.  No bidding is required.


State Contracts Description
Department of Information Resources (DIR) Offers more than 650 contracts for technology products and services including: hardware, software, staffing services, maintenance, and other services with a high customer demand, such as managed services and technology training. No bidding is required.
Texas Correctional Industries (TCI) Benefits the state of Texas by generating cost savings and by providing quality products and services to eligible agencies.  Products include:  mattresses, shoes, garments, brooms, license plates, printed materials, janitorial supplies, soaps, detergents, furniture, textile and steel products.  No bidding is required.
Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (TIBH) Is a catalyst for employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  Serves as the interface between vocational rehabilitation centers and the purchasing systems of the state, cities, counties, schools districts, and hospital districts.  No bidding is required.
Texas Multiple Award Schedule (TXMAS) An alternative purchasing method where contracts have been developed from contracts awarded by the federal government or any other governmental entity.   No bidding is required.
TPASS Term contracts that have been awarded by the state.  Purchasing under a state contract exempts bidding requirements.


Federal Contracts Description

GSA Schedule 70 - Technology

GSA Schedule 84 - Facilities
Contracts negotiated by the federal government that can be used for the purchase of goods and services in the areas of technology and facilities. As an institution of higher education, TWU may use the contracts listed on schedules 70 and 84 only. No bidding is required.

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