Delegated Purchase Authorization (DPA) Purchases and Contracts Via Federally-Based Programs, including but not limited to the U.S. General Services Administration (“GSA”), the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), and the Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”).
An Agency seeking to purchase goods or services through a Federally-Based Contract may proceed when it demonstrates one (1) or more of the following:
- The goods or services to be purchased through a Federally-Based Contract are not available under existing State contract(s);
- 2. The price of the goods or services available to be purchased through a Federally-Based Contract will be at a better price or value than under existing State contract; or
- 3. The available goods or services available through a Federally-Based Contract are more advantageous to the State, price and other factors considered, than the same goods or services available under existing State contract. (Under this scenario the Agency must provide a thorough and specific explanation documenting any anticipated cost savings.) Information about State contracts is available on the web at http://www.nj.gov/treasury/purchase/noa/contracts/noa.shtml
Note: If the goods or services are not available under State contract and are within the Agency's DPA, then the Agency must follow the process for DPA purchases as set forth in the DPA Circular. Federal Supply Schedules may be used as a resource for identifying and seeking the required three (3) DPA quotations.
The procedure to award a State contract based off a Federally-Based Contract, can be viewed on the circular “Purchases From Federal Supply Schedules or Schedules of Other Federal Procurement Programs” Click here. Term Contracts that begin with a “G” signify that the contract is a Federally-Based contract.
GSA offers the greatest variety of products and services that may benefit the State; the Division therefore suggests that all Agency searches of federally-based supply programs begin with GSA.
GSA Advantage!® (www.gsa.gov/advantage) is the online shopping and ordering system that provides access to thousands of contractors and millions of supplies (products) and services. Anyone may browse on GSAAdvantage!® to view and compare the variety of products and services offered State and local governments may use GSA Advantage to purchase products under Cooperative Purchasing and Disaster Recovery Programs.
GSA eLibrary (www.gsa.gov/elibrary) is the online source for the latest contract award information for GSA schedules, access to information on millions of supplies (products) and services, links to contractor websites, email addresses, and text files containing contract terms and conditions, identification of schedule contractors participating in Cooperative Purchasing and/or Disaster Recovery Purchasing.
eBuy, (www.gsa.gov/ebuy) a component of GSA Advantage!®, is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) tool. eBuy is designed to facilitate the request for submission of quotations for a wide range of commercial supplies (products) and services under the following acquisition vehicles. State and local government entities may use eBuy to post RFQs for GSA Schedule supplies and services under the Cooperative Purchasing Program and the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program.
VA manages nine (9) supply schedules containing commodities, pharmaceuticals, and services, for use by VA medical centers, related facilities, specific State Veterans Homes, and other federal facilities.
VA Store home page: http://www.va.gov/vastorenac/
VA Supply Schedules: http://www.fss.va.gov/
VA Catalog Search Tool: http://www.va.gov/nac/
VA Advantage: https://vaadvantage.gsa.gov/advantage/main/start_page.do?store=VA
DLA is a U.S. Department of Defense agency that supplies the nation's military services and several civilian agencies with critical resources. In addition to other operations, DLA provides wide-ranging logistical support for emergency preparedness and humanitarian missions.
DLA Web Site: http://www.dla.mil/Pages/default.aspx
DLA Search Page: http://www.dlis.dla.mil/H2/search.aspx