What is COSTARS?
COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit between registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities (together “Members”) are able to leverage contracts established by the Department of General Services (DGS) to cost-effectively and efficiently identify suppliers with whom to do business.
The goals of this program are:
- To encourage, expand, and facilitate the opportunities for Members to achieve procurement savings and the best value through an interactive partnership with the Commonwealth.
- To provide increased opportunities for Suppliers of any size to participate and compete for Members’ business.
- To provide contracts with competitive pricing.
The Commonwealth Procurement Code provides the statutory authority for Member entities to engage in cooperative purchasing with the Commonwealth. The Procurement Code authorizes DGS to enter into cooperative purchasing contracts solely for the use of its members. DGS requires eligible LPPUs and state affiliated entities to register as COSTARS members, and only those organizations registered with DGS may purchase from contract.
Why use COSTARS?
Quite simply, you are guaranteed the lowest price. With the prearranged competitive pricing, you will never have to solicit bids from multiple suppliers again. The process is simplified as much as possible in order to make it quick and easy for Members to get the vehicle they need at a competitive price. Thus, saving both Members and Suppliers time and money.