A cooperative contract is a contract that is solicited and negotiated by another public entity or cooperative procurement group and that explicitly allows other public agencies to purchase off of the contract. Portland Public Schools can use a cooperative contract only if the procurement that resulted in the contract meets certain standards substantially similar to those set out in the District's Public Contracting Rules.
Quick Guide to Cooperative Contracts
Our Quick Guide to Cooperative Contracts provides an overview of cooperative contracts at Portland Public Schools and includes best practices, instructions for ordering off of a cooperative contract, considerations when using a cooperative contract, and additional resources.
Cooperative Contract Approval
To request use of a cooperative contract, submit a Cooperative Contract Approval Form found on our Contract Forms page here. Do note it takes approximately two weeks to review a cooperative contract not including any board approval or public notice requirements.
Documenting Competition in Peoplesoft
When your purchase order is pursuant to a cooperative contract it must be tied to the contract at the line level. Please see documenting competition in Peoplesoft for instructions.
Cooperative Procurement Groups
The Cooperative Procurement Groups below may have contracts of interest to your department.
King County Directors Association ("KCDA")
National Joint Powers Association ("NJPA")
OMNIA Partners Public Sector (previously The Cooperative Purchasing Network/US Communities)
Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum ("OETC")
State of Oregon ORCPP Program (ORPIN)
If you have questions or need assistance with cooperative contracts please email us or contact Travis Allison at 503.916.3441.