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HR-80 (2017-2018)

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House Resolution No. 80

Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow

February 08, 2018

Relative to U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance.


HR 80, as introduced, Bigelow.

WHEREAS, The California State Association of Counties and the California League of Cities are the founding organizations of the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities), a national government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide; and
WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors, along with the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the Association of School Business Officials International, and the National Governors Association are founding cosponsors of the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Communities is the leading national cooperative purchasing program, providing world-class government procurement resources and solutions to cities looking for the best overall supplier government pricing; and
WHEREAS, Not all purchasing cooperatives are equal. Some purchasing cooperatives have failed to be structured in a way that provides maximum transparency and have no independent oversight to deter violations of professional public procurement laws, standards, and ethics; and
WHEREAS, The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) decided to develop the NIGP Accredited Cooperative Program with a mission to preserve the integrity of cooperative practices as a long-term, viable procurement option; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Communities has successfully received the first ever NIGP Accredited Cooperative (NAC) award, recognizing U.S. Communities’ commitment to truly professional cooperative purchasing practices, further distinguishing itself as the leader in cooperative purchasing; and
WHEREAS, There continues to be a proliferation of purchasing cooperatives of varying models, ownership, and levels of compliance with public procurement laws and regulations; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly calls on elected officials at all levels of government to promote the use of NIGP Accredited Cooperatives as the first source when using cooperative purchasing; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.