Section 211 of the E-Government Act of 2002 authorizes the General Services Administration (GSA) to allow state and local governments to use Federal Supply Schedules to acquire automated data processing equipment (including firmware), software, supplies, support equipment, and services. State and local governments are not authorized to acquired any other products or services through the Federal Supply Schedules.
To implement "cooperative purchasing," GSA has opened Federal Supply Schedule 70, Information Technology (IT), and Consolidated Schedule contracts containing IT Special Item Numbers (SINs), for use by state and local governments. Participation by Federal Supply Schedule 70/Consolidated Schedule vendors is voluntary -- a vendor has to agree to sell to state and local government entities. Vendors that have agreed to sell their IT products and services to state and local government entities are identified by a "COOP PURCH" logo on Federal Supply Schedule 70 and the Consolidated Schedule.
GSA Acquisition Regulation 538.7001, Definitions, defines "state and local government entities," as "the states of the United States, counties, municipalities, cities, towns, townships, tribal governments, public authorities (including public or Indian housing agencies under the United States Housing Act of 1937), school districts, colleges and other institutions of higher education, council of governments (incorporated or not), regional or interstate government entities, or any agency or instrumentality of the preceding entities (including any local educational agency or institution of higher education), and including legislative and judicial departments. The term does not include contractors of, or grantees of, state or local governments." Eligible under this definition are the 50 states, 3139 counties, 19,365 incorporated municipalities, 30,386 minor subdivisions, 3,200 public housing authorities, 14,178 school districts, 1,625 public educational institutions of higher learning, and 550 Indian tribal governments.
The list of eligible products and services, and the participating Federal Supply Schedule 70/Consolidated Schedule vendors is at http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/ElibMain/ScheduleSummary?flag=coop.
Frequently asked questions about cooperative purchasing are at http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?faq=yes&pageTypeId=8199&contentId=8125&