Municipalities, which include Fire Companies and Police
Stations, are now eligible to purchase using GSA pricing.
According to H.R. 3179, the "Local Preparedness Acquisition
Act," which authorizes the use of Federal supply schedules by
State, local, and tribal governments for acquisition of law
enforcement and security-related items, including firefighting
and rescue equipment;
H.R. 3179 would allow
state, local, and tribal governments to purchase more goods and
services at discount prices through federal supply schedules.
Under current law, those governments may purchase a variety of
information technology through the federal supply schedules.
This legislation would expand the cooperative purchasing program
to include specified supplies and services for law enforcement,
fire fighting, and other security activities.
Under the bill, any
purchases of such supplies and services would be an exchange
between state, local, and tribal governments and commercial
suppliers. However, the General Services Administration (GSA)
charges a 0.75 percent fee on all sales to recover the
procurement and administrative costs of operating the supply
schedule program. Based on information from GSA regarding the
current cooperative program with those governments for
information technology services and the anticipated demand under
the expanded program, CBO estimates that increasing the number
of purchases would increase offsetting collections by about $2
million a year. Because such fees are spent by GSA, the net
budgetary impactof the
bill would be negligible.