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Looking for that perfect cooperative for your IT and Av needs? Look no further than the National IPA.

National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA) is available to public agencies, educational institutions and non-profit entities nationwide. National IPA saves you time and money. Participating in the cooperative buying power of more than 48,000 entities allows you to pay less for products and reduce administrative costs, which helps you do more with less. So why is National IPA so effective at creating more economical buying opportunities for you? Because we offer strength in numbers and years of government purchasing experience, you can have confidence in every contract.

Contracts are competitively solicited, evaluated and awarded by a government entity acting as the lead agency.

Contracts are awarded utilizing industry best practices, processes and procedures, ensuring maximum value and absolute security with complete transparency of the process.

Most experienced cooperative team in public procurement, cooperative purchasing and supply chain management.
In these days of dwindling dollars, you want a partner who can help strengthen your buying position, reliably and consistently.

What Differentiates National IPA?


Portfolio
National IPA has the most robust portfolio of quality contracts in the cooperative space! Our agreement portfolio has everything your organization needs to run efficiently and effectively.

People
National IPA has the most experienced cooperative team in public procurement, cooperative purchasing and supply chain management. With over 150 combined years of public procurement experience and over 275 years of cooperative purchasing experience, you can trust that you are in good hands with our team!

Process
Contracts are competitively solicited and publicly awarded by a government entity. Awards are made utilizing the best processes and procedures ensuring maximum value and absolute security with complete transparency of the process. The Lead Agency Model is considered to be a best practice in the industry!


Participation
Participating in the cooperative buying power of more than 48,000 entities allows you to pay less for products and reduce administrative costs, which helps you do more with less! We are the fastest growing in the market, resulting in the largest purchasing power to save you valuable time and resources!

Lead Agency Contracting Process
All agreements offered through National IPA have been awarded via a thorough Request for Proposal (RFP) competitive solicitation by a public agency/governmental entity (e.g. state‚ city‚ county‚ public university or school district). The contracting process is the foundation of National IPA and sets us apart from other cooperatives. In order for even the most restrictive agencies nationwide to realize the best value offered by cooperative procurement‚ National IPA ensures that industry best practices‚ processes and procedures are applied.

The Cooperative Contracting Process
1. The lead agency prepares a competitive solicitation, incorporating language to make the agreement accessible nationally to agencies in states that allow intergovernmental (i.e.: “piggyback”) contract usage.
2. The lead agency issues the solicitation and any required amendments and notifications‚ and conducts pre–proposal conferences/meetings.
3. Interested suppliers respond to the solicitation.
4. The lead agency evaluates the responses, negotiates the final terms and conditions and ultimately awards the master agreement.
5. All documentation is posted on the National IPA website and made available to the public.

National IPA is committed to the integrity of the procurement process. Access to solicitation and award documentation is always available in the Documentation sections of each awarded agreement. No FOIA or special request necessary.
The lead agency procurement teams and the National IPA team of certified public procurement officials are available to answer any questions you may have or discuss the process in detail.

The Lead Agencies
The lead agencies who currently solicit and award cooperative contracts available through National IPA are considered some of the best procurement teams in the nation. National IPA is honored to be partnered with the best–of–the–best when it comes to process‚ procedures and industry leaders. For more information on National IPA call 888-TOUGH-31.

NEW Healthcare Technology Updates from GovDirect

There are several exciting new technologies recently announced to improve productivity in healthcare environments.  Please review the items below while considering any changes to your hardware or infrastructure this summer.

– The fully rugged and detachable CF-33 Toughbook from Panasonic was released a couple of weeks ago. This device is ideal for both tablet and laptop applications and can endure repeated cleaning using chemical solutions as well as drops and spills.

– Got big data that’s moving to the cloud or need server optimization? Find out how Cloudscape identifies and maps your applications into groups that make organizing and migrating your data doable, without the spreadsheets.

– Kensington has a full range of technology accessories ranging from privacy screens to keyed laptop locks, seen here.

– GovDirect also supplies Surface Pro devices. Tablets like these can be locked up and stored securely between shifts in the Bretford Store & Charge cart shown here.

We offer a free demo program and can assist with grant funding. If you are looking to enhance productivity with ergonomic technology, please see our line card and reach out to sales@govdirect.com with any questions about the technolgy we offer.

Governors Club Technology Lunch and Learn on 4/26 — You’re invited!

FREE technology lunch and learn on April 26th we are co-hosting with Panasonic at the Governors Club from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win an Apple Watch and other door prizes! Please RSVP by 4/12 as seating is limited.

As a technology solutions provider on the NASPO Florida State Contract, GovDirect offers the most trusted technology in the industry at pre-negotiated volume pricing. At this luncheon, we will be discussing the benefits of adding rugged mobile devices to field operations for improved productivity and connectivity. There are several new mobile rugged body wearable and in car video evidence capture products available from Panasonic that will be available for your visual inspection and evaluation.

You can visit the event webpage here or email rsvp@govdirect.com with any questions about the lunch and learn. We look forward to meeting you!

Projectors and Physical Security Technology for Education

Just a reminder on the technology solutions GovDirect offers our education customers, such as:

  • Projectors, Smartboard displays and other AV solutions such as the Ormiboard pro here.
  • Physical security dome cameras and more to enhance surveillance.

Email sales@govdirect.com for more information about technology and access to contracts such as National IPA/TCPN and PEPPM.