§5A-3-19. Purchases from federal government and other sources.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the
director may, upon the recommendation of a state spending unit,
participate in, sponsor, conduct, or administer a cooperative
purchasing agreement or consortium for the purchase of commodities
or services with agencies of the federal government, agencies of
other states, other public bodies or other state agencies, if
available and financially advantageous. At the discretion of the
director, bids may be solicited to determine whether participation
in such a cooperative purchasing agreement or consortium is
(b) The Department of Administration may approve
administrative fees, not to exceed the amount of fifty thousand
dollars, necessary to participate in a cooperative purchasing
agreement. Fees which exceed fifty thousand dollars are subject to
the competitive bid requirements of this article.