Chapter President
Melissa Kosensky, QPA
Assistant Purchasing Agent
County of Somerset



1) Cooperative Contract Purchasing Links (New Jersey)

NJ Start - The State of New Jersey’s Procurement web portal
The above links to the Contract & Bid Search, in order to Search for Bids
and active Contracts/Blankets. Click Contracts/Blankets for current awards.

NJ Department of Corrections (DeptCor), Bureau of State Use Industries
DEPTCOR provides high quality products and services from furniture to food
items and including products like city and highway signs, a wide selection of
men and women's garments, textiles, silk screening, embroidery, and bedding

Bergen County Cooperative Purchasing and Pricing Systems
Bergen County Cooperative Purchasing and Pricing Systems (ID# 11BCCPS)
is open for all New Jersey’s municipalities, membership requires resolution

Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
formerly known as Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, or
MRESC, (ID# 65MCESCCPS)Various commodities and services,
membership requires application and resolution

HCESC Cooperative Pricing System
Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission
Various commodities and services, membership requires resolution

Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council
the MCCPC divides the coop into three distinct categories:
spring, motor vehicles and winter

Passaic County Cooperative Pricing System
Cooperative contracts are found within the site listings, review each bid award to identify if it is marked as “yes” to cooperative

Somerset County Cooperative Pricing System
Cooperative contracts (identified with “CC”) are found within the site listings, membership requires resolution, contact Somerset County for more information

Union County New Jersey Cooperative Pricing (UCCP – Bulk List Only)
Union County's web based interfaced for Bulk Contracts (ID# 8UCCP), for
participating members, membership requires resolution and agreement forms

Cranford Police Cooperative Pricing System
The Cranford Police Cooperative Pricing System (ID# 47CPCPS) is registered
with the Division of Local Government Services, participation requires resolution,
see site for more details

3) Available National Cooperatives (additional steps required)

Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC)
HGAC is the largest of 24 Councils of Government (COG) in Texas, and a political subdivision of the State of Texas - serving local governments for more than 40 years

Sourcewell (formerly NJPA)
The buying power of 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit organizations

OMNIA Partners
(formerly US Communities)
OMNIA Partners combines the nation’s two leading cooperative purchasing organizations – National IPA and U.S. Communities

Educational Data Services, Inc.
(Ed Data)
The Educational Services Commission of Morris County serves as the Lead Agency for this New Jersey Cooperative, which operates under the auspices of the Department of Community Affairs.

2) Laws, Rules, Guidelines and Verifications

2014 LPCL & NJAC Reference Handbook
Prepared by the Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers, the State University and New Jersey Division of Local Government Services

Local Finance Notices from the DLGS
Web based resource for Local Finance Notices

Business Registration Certificate
Search here for BRC information; with links to related data

Registered Public Works Contractors
Web based search tool for identifying registered public works
contractors and sub-contractors

Prevailing Wage Rates
For current prevailing wages use the drop down to identify the applicable county

Prevailing Wage Debarment List

A resource for verifying contractor possible debarment status

NJ Local Unit Pay to Play Guide

the Chapter 19 resource guide as provided by the DCA

Public Agency Compliance
Guidelines for Administering EEO in Public Contracts Pursuant to:N.J.S.A.10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C.17:27, defines Public Agency Compliance Officer, (PACO)

Compliance Outside Local Public Contracts Law
This PDF contains material that is not intended to be used as legal advice. Individuals must consult with their own legal counsel as to the current laws', corresponding rules' and related laws' and rules' applicability to any particular situation.

New Jersey Local Public Contract Bid Threshold Update
Click here for information about current bid thresholds according to the New Jersey
Department of Treasury

New Jersey State Colleges and Other Public Agency Bid Threshold Updates
Click here for information about current bid thresholds according to the New Jersey
Department of Treasury

Federal Code of Regulations
Click here for information about when procuring property and services under a Federal award. Policies and procedures for procurements.

4) Education and Certification Sites for Governmental Purchasing

Center for Government Services at Rutgers

the main source for NJ State purchasing classes and continuing education

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
this is a link to the DCA's Professional Certification Programs page

Local Finance Notice LFN 2012-9
Information regarding the QPA bill that went into effect January 2011

Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council

home page of the UPPCC, with information about the CPPB and CPPO

5) Departments and Divisions of New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
lead agency for NJ State procurement guidelines

Division of Local Government Services
budget and procurement oversight of local NJ entities

State of New Jersey Department of Treasury
this is the NJ Treasury Department's home page

State Department of Treasury, Contract Compliance
NJ Treasury Department's EEO Public Entity Contract Compliance page

6) Local and National Procurement Organizations

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
the national, membership-based non-profit organization helping public
sector purchasing professionals

The Governmental Purchasing Association of New Jersey
GPANJ is a non-profit organization serving local government NJ
procurement professionals

South Jersey Chapter of the NIGP
the Southern NJ chapter's web pages

New Jersey Association of Counties
Advocates for NJ legislation, regulations, and policy directives

NJ League of Municipalities
voluntary association created to help communities do a better
job of self-government

7) Other Governmental Web sites and additional resources

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Site includes their Chamber News and Trenton Watch

The Green Acres Program
helping municipal and county governments acquire open space

Federal Emergency Management Agency
home page for the FEMA agency