Use of Federal GSA Contracts
Another form of cooperative contracting is through the use of Federal Government contracts. The federal government provides states and localities access to certain items offered through the General Services Administration’s (GSA) contracts.
Executive branch state agencies must seek written approval from DAS for the use of any GSA contract. Complete instructions are attached on how to request approval for the use of GSA contracts. Read instructions here.
The DAS statute that allows for use of Federal Contracts is as follows:
Sec. 4a-66. (Formerly Sec. 4-25). Acquisition of federal property. Contracts with federal agencies concerning health services. Exemption from statutes or municipal charter. Purchasing from federal contractors. (a) The state, through the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or any political subdivision thereof, through the officer or agent legally authorized to make purchases on its behalf, may enter into any contract with the United States government or any federal agency for the purchase, lease or other acquisition of any equipment, supplies, materials or other property or for the purchase, sale or exchange of, or other cooperation concerning, services related to medicine or health. No provision of the statutes or of any municipal charter concerning the inviting of competitive bids, public advertising for bids or of expenditures, the delivery of purchases before payment, or any other provision which may result in disadvantage or loss of opportunity to such state agency or subdivision in such transactions with the federal government, shall apply to transactions made under the provisions of this subsection. Any municipality desiring to enter into any such contract may do so only after the acceptance of the applicable provisions of this section at a meeting of such municipality warned and held for the purpose.
(b) The state, through the Commissioner of Administrative Services and pursuant to Public Law 103-355, may purchase equipment, supplies, materials or other property from a person who has a contract to sell such property to a department, agency or instrumentality of the United States government, in accordance with the terms and conditions of said contract.