NASPO ValuePoint


About NASPO ValuePoint

Excellence in public cooperative contracts

NASPO ValuePoint is a cooperative purchasing program facilitating public procurement solicitations and agreements using a lead-state model. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing State Chief Procurement Officers with the support and procurement resources they need.

NASPO ValuePoint provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states and the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers the highest valued, reliable and competitively sourced contracts - offering public entities outstanding prices.

History

Started in 1992, NASPO ValuePoint is the cooperative purchasing arm of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, or NASPO.

NASPO is a non-profit association dedicated to strengthening the procurement community through education, research, and communication. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices of the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories of the United States. The NASPO purchasing officials provide leadership for professional public purchasing, improve the quality of purchasing and procurement, exchange information, and cooperate to attain greater efficiency and economy.

Please visit www.naspo.org for additional information.


What sets NASPO ValuePoint apart


All of our contracts are awarded with full competition and full transparency.

We help you to leverage resources across states, saving states and procurement officers time and resources.

We protect your interests with favorable terms and conditions and competitive pricing.

Our terms are developed by public procurment professionals, subject matter experts and users across the country.

We reimburse states for all efforts and resources used to secure NASPO ValuePoint Contracts.

Working with NASPO ValuePoint

By working with a cooperative purchasing organization, states are able to leverage their spending through a single solicitation with the best value and superior contract terms.   NASPO ValuePoint and our contractors focus on price, quality, reliability, warranties, and service while protecting states’ interests with favorable terms and conditions.

States benefit from the lower administrative costs of processing solicitations by leveraging the expertise of staffs across state boundaries. This division of labor allows states to share their resources and more efficiently achieve their business goals. NASPO ValuePoint reimburses states for the costs of leading and administrating a NASPO ValuePoint, as well as for participating in sourcing teams.

Contractors also benefit considerably by avoiding the repetitive bid preparation expenses, eliminating the need for repetitive bids on the same solicitations for different jurisdictions. Contractors can factor in greater volumes for multiple jurisdictions when determining their pricing. These savings are then passed along to the states.

Eligibility

All states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories are eligible to use NASPO ValuePoint contracts. Within each state, the State Procurement Official determines if his/her state is eligible.

Each state determines, in accordance with its own state statutes, whether it will use each NASPO ValuePoint contract and which entities within their state may use each NASPO ValuePoint contract, including state agencies, higher education institutions and political subdivisions. In some states non-profit organizations are eligible.

Mission

As states working together, we develop and manage public cooperative contracts. Through our purchasing power, we deliver best value for price, quality, and flexibility on terms acceptable to each individual state.

Vision

NASPO ValuePoint is the standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting.

Values

Our values support STATES

Sovereignty:
Everything we do is for the benefit of STATES and participating entities.
Transparency:
We award contracts based upon fair and open competition.
Above reproach:
We adhear to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.
Teamwork:
We cooperate and build relationships in order to deliver the best value.
Expertise:
We provide leadership, learning and best practices for public cooperative contracting.
Service:
Everything we do is for the benefit of STATES and participating entities.

NASPO ValuePoint Goals

1. Serve states and participating entities by providing best value cooperative contracts.

2. Foster effective learning about the development, adoption and use of NASPO contracts.

3. Build a strong and thriving national procurement cooperative.

4. Manage and maximize resources effectively and efficiently.

Leadership

The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board is comprised of state procurement officials appointed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials representing their geographic region.  The 21 member board oversee the strategic direction, operations and activities of the organization.

The elected officers of the Management Board are:

Board Chair: Steve Berg - State of South Dakota

Board Vice-Chair: Anna Silva - State of New Mexico

Board Treasurer: Rick Hughes - State of Wisconsin

The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board Members are:

  • Jason Soza, State of Alaska
  • Steve Nettles, Sate of Arizona
  • Angela Shell, State of California
  • Cindy Lombardi, State of Colorado
  • Sarah Allen, State of Hawaii
  • Valerie Bollinger, State of Idaho
  • Meghan Holmlund, State of Montana
  • Paula Tregre, State of Louisiana
  • Jeff Haag, State of Nevada
  • Devin Marquez, State of Connecticut
  • Sandy Herrel, State of Ohio
  • Debbie Dennis, State of Oregon
  • Betsy Hayes, State of Minnesota
  • Chris Hughes, State of Utah
  • Jette Withers, State of Texas
  • Cheral Manke, State of Washington
  • Rick Hughes, State of Wisconsin
  • Lore Galles, State of Wyoming
  • Deb Damore, State of Vermont

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find contract pricing?
Use the search function via this link NASPO ValuePoint Website Homepage or navigate to the current contractor list. The contractor’s page may also include a price list under the Documents Section.
Can I shop online?
Yes.  There are two ways to shop contracts approved by your state procurement official online. 1.      The eMarket Center provides online ordering for enrolled states with NASPO ValuePoint contracts that have a participating addendum.  Click on “Shop the eMarket Center” to the right of the red banner on the top of the page. Then sign in and follow the prompts. First time users can create an account by clicking on the “Create a NASPO ValuePoint eMarket Center Account.”   2.      Most NASPO ValuePoint contractors have a contract ordering website with contract information specific to your state.   You can order directly from their site. Use this link http://www.naspovaluepoint.com/#/home/contracts to search by contractor name for their website. If you need help or to find out if your state is enrolled in the eMarket Center, contact the eMarket Center Help Desk at help@emarketcenter.org,  if you would like a phone call rather than an email response please provide your phone number and the Help Desk will call you back as soon as possible.
How does the Participating Addendum (PA) signature process work?
Participating Addendums are executed between the participating entity and the contractor. The Participating Addendum is a contractual document that binds the contractor and the participating entity to the terms and conditions of the master agreement. Participating entities have the flexibility of negotiating additional terms and conditions to meet the unique needs of their state. Negotiations of the Participating Addendum are between the participating entity and the contractor.   The Lead State or NASPO ValuePoint generally do not become involved these negotiations. Once a Participating Addendum is executed, a signed PDF copy must be sent to PA@NASPOValuePoint.org
How do I find out if my state/entity has signed a Participating Addendum?
Please use the search function for the state, entity or contractor in question. The search results will produce the Participating Addendums signed with that state, entity or contractor. NASPO ValuePoint Website Homepage
What is the Participating Addendum (PA)?
A Participating Addendum is a bilateral agreement executed by a contractor and a participating entity incorporating the terms and conditions included in the original solicitation and any other additional participating entity specific language or other requirements, e.g. ordering procedures, or other terms and conditions unique to the participating entity.
How do I volunteer for a sourcing team?
Contact your State Procurement Official if you are interested in participating on a sourcing team. The State Procurement Official will direct you to a member of the NASPO ValuePoint cooperative development team.
What is a sourcing team?
A sourcing team is comprised of individuals from the lead state and other interested states. The team is a multi-discipline team of both procurement and subject matter experts for the commodity or service being procured.
What is the Master Agreement?
The Master Agreement is the term used to refer to the contractual agreement executed between the winning contractor(s) and the Lead State that conducted the procurement on behalf of NASPO ValuePoint.
How are lead states determined?
The NASPO ValuePoint Management Board determines which state leads a particular cooperative procurement based on interest and capability.
How does ValuePoint®️ decide what to contract for?
All of ValuePoint®️ solicitations are determined based on the needs expressed by member states. Typically a state or a region of states will suggest an idea to the NASPO ValuePoint Management Board. The Management Board will then authorize a survey to be conducted to determine if the contract is needed by several states. If there is sufficient interest among the states, the Management Board will authorize the solicitation.
How do the administrative fees compare to other cooperative purchasing fees?
NASPO ValuePoint’s standard administrative fees are typically between -0- and 0.25%.  Because of the scale of NASPO ValuePoint cooperative procurements administrative fees are typically the lowest found of any cooperative procurement. According to a December 18, 2014 report by the State of Utah, Office of the Legislative Auditor General, “The administrative fees on WSCA-NASPO contracts are at least three times lower than those on contracts used by other cooperatives. The Legislative Auditor General wrote further, “A comparatively low administrative fee contributes to the low WSCA-NASPO contract prices”. . . “The overall fee rate when considering total contract sales and total fees collected was 0.14 percent for calendar year 2013.” Source: Report to the Utah Legislature Number 2014-11, “A Review of Allegations Concerning Utah’s Purchasing Interaction with WSCA-NASPO”, December 2014.
What is the fee to use a NASPO ValuePoint contract?
There are no fees to use NASPO ValuePoint contracts.  However, NASPO ValuePoint does collect an administrative fee from its contractors when they make a sale. These fees set by the NASPO ValuePoint Board help fund NASPO ValuePoint and National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) operations and reimburse approved costs of states participating in the cooperative procurement. The fee is collected by the contractor at the point of sale and remitted to NASPO ValuePoint. Source: Report to the Utah Legislature Number 2014-11, “A Review of Allegations Concerning Utah’s Purchasing Interaction with WSCA-NASPO”, December 2014.
What are the ValuePoint®️ membership fees?
ValuePoint®️ charges no membership fees. Contract administration fees are 3x lower than other public cooperatives and are paid for by the supplier community.es.
What is the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization?
NASPO ValuePoint is a unified, nationally focused cooperative alliance aggregating the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the organized US territories, their political subdivisions and other eligible entities, spurring best, innovation and competition in the marketplace. The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers best value, reliable, competitively sourced contracts that offer public entities outstanding pricing.  Since 1993 WSCA-NASPO has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering and guiding the nation’s most significant public contract cooperative. The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization LLC, is a nonprofit, wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).
Why use a NASPO ValuePoint cooperative contract?
There are many benefits to ValuePoint™ cooperative contacting. Collectively, states are able to leverage their spending through a single solicitation that obtains best value pricing and superior contract terms. ValuePoint™ emphasizes best value from its contractors considering price, quality, reliability, warranties, and service while protecting states’ interests with favorable terms and conditions. Contractors also benefit considerably by avoiding the repetitive bid preparation expenses of bidding time and again on the same solicitations for different jurisdictions. Contractors also factor in greater volumes for multiple jurisdictions when determining their pricing. These savings are then passed along to contract users.

DISCLAIMER: The documents on the NASPO ValuePoint website are for informational/ convenience purposes only. Official documents are maintained by the lead state (or participating entity in the case of participating addenda). In the event of any conflict between the documents on this site and those maintained by the lead state or participating entity, the official documents maintained by the lead state or participating entity govern.

Please note that some documents may be absent or incorrect. Please send all feedback and suggestions for improvement to Kate Offerdahl at kofferdahl@NASPOValuePoint.org

Thank you.