The Local Preparedness Acquisition Act (H.R. 3179; Public Law No: 110-248) authorizes state and local governments to use GSA Schedule 84 to buy Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency/Disaster Response solutions. Approved by the Senate in early June, with a similar bill approved by the House last December, the final step was President Bush’s signature on June 26, 2008.
State and local governments are now poised for growth opportunities in 2008; a contrast to the previously planned, reduced spending related to emergency preparedness. The passed Local Preparedness Acquisition Act comes at the same time as an estimated $5 billion in federal funding is earmarked for state and local governments in homeland security projects. Federal grants include $3 billion from DHS, $1 billion from HHS, and $1 billion from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). See a breakdown of programs, goals, and funds by agency.
Additionally, the future of cooperative purchasing may continue to expand beyond the GSA IT and Law Schedules. Jim Williams – currently head of the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Commission, and recently named as the new agency director – said at the recent Security Industry Association’s Government Summit, recipients of federal grants, and state and local agencies, should be able to buy from all of GSA’s contracts.
For more information on Cooperative Purchasing , Disaster Recovery Purchasing, or GSA Schedules, please contact Hope Lane at 301-231-6266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.