Competitive Solicitations Awarded by a Lead Agency Deliver Compliant Contracts
All cooperative purchasing agreements offered through OMNIA Partners 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 lead agency cooperative contracting process is the foundation of OMNIA Partners and sets us apart from other cooperatives. In order for even the most restrictive agencies nationwide to realize the best value offered by cooperative purchasing‚ OMNIA Partners ensures that industry best practices‚ processes and procedures are applied.
Competitive Solicitation Process
- The lead agency prepares a competitive solicitation while incorporating language to make the agreement accessible nationally to other public agencies.
- The lead agency issues the solicitation and any required amendments and notifications. A pre-proposal conference is conducted.
- Interested suppliers respond to the solicitation.
- The lead agency evaluates the responses, negotiates the final terms and ultimately awards the cooperative contract, also referred to as the master agreement.
- The cooperative contract is made available to public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits nationwide as a "piggyback" contract.
OMNIA Partners is committed to the integrity of the public procurement process. Access to solicitation and award documentation is always available in the Documentation sections of each awarded agreement. No FOIA or special request is necessary.
The lead agency procurement teams and the OMNIA Partners team of certified public procurement officials are available to answer any questions you may have or discuss the cooperative contracting process in detail.