Washington DC

District of Columbia Official Code

Division I. Government of District

Title 2. Government Administration

Chapter 3A. Government Procurement

Unit A. Procurement Practices for the District Government

Subchapter IV. Source Selection and Contract Formation

D.C. CODE § 2-354.11. Cooperative purchasing.

(a) The CPO may, and is encouraged to, participate in, sponsor, conduct, or administer cooperative purchasing agreements for the procurement of goods, services, or construction.

(b) Cooperative purchasing agreements entered into by the District government shall be in accordance with, to the extent practicable, all laws and rules of the District government with respect to contracting, and shall be consistent with laws and rules of the United States government that apply specifically to the District.

(c) An agency shall not enter into or participate in a cooperative purchasing agreement unless that participation is authorized by the CPO or a designee pursuant to the delegated contracting authority in § 2-352.01.

(d) The CPO may charge and collect an administrative fee for serving as the lead jurisdiction on a cooperative agreement and may receive any rebates or other fees for participating in a cooperative agreement. The CPO shall deposit such fees in the District of Columbia Supply Schedule, Purchase Card, and Training Fund established in § 2-361.03.

D.C. CODE § 2-352.01. Office of Contracting and Procurement; authority.

(a)             (1) There is established as an independent agency the Office of Contracting and Procurement, which shall be administered by the Chief Procurement Officer. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, OCP, through the CPO, shall have the exclusive authority to administer the provisions of this chapter.

(4) The CPO may delegate contracting authority to employees of an agency, including OCP, or another instrumentality.