There are certain instances where we do not have to follow normal purchasing procedures as prescribed by state law and the most valuable of these exemptions are contracts. Contracts are established with vendors using the collective purchasing power of many entities to achieve much lower pricing. These contracts establish a maximum price for a multiple of commodities and services. Traditionally, contracts can be divided into four categories:
- Mandatory State Contracts. The Office of State Procurement has established state contracts for those commodities and services where substantial savings can be achieved by quantity purchasing. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is required to purchase from the awarded state contract vendor on these mandatory contracts.
- Non-Mandatory State Contracts. The Office of State Procurement has established some non-mandatory contracts that use quantity purchasing and establish a maximum price.
- Cooperative Contracts. Cooperative contracts are established when multiple public procurement units combine their purchases to obtain advantages of volume purchases.
- UA Little Rock Contracts. Contracts established by UA Little Rock through competitive bids, proposals, or negotiations. These contracts are mandatory.
When contacting a contract vendor directly, be sure to mention the contract name and the contract number, if applicable, in order to receive special government pricing. For a list of approved UA Little Rock contract vendors, please contact Procurement Services at 501.569.3144.
You can also view a list of the approved state contract vendors at this link: DFA – State Contracts