Constant growth in government entities such as school districts, universities, colleges, municipalities and counties as well as non-profits has pushed their limits for procurement requirements. With time and budget constraints and staff shortages, governmental entities seek solutions for quick, legal purchasing needs. The creation of cooperatives (co-ops) aided in procurement, but not all are created equally.
All government entities can protect themselves by asking questions before entering into a procurement process utilizing a co-op contract. Here are a few questions you should ask: