Published on Oct 01, 2019

Updated guidance on ‘piggybacking’

Contact: Candice Bock, Maggie Douglas

The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) released updated guidance on purchasing using piggybacking.

Piggybacking refers to participating in a cooperative purchasing arrangement in which one party does most of the work; generally, the larger entity procures goods or services and extends the pricing to other smaller entities.

SAO’s updated guidance covers responsibilities of lead governments and smaller entities’ use of another’s bid award for various projects. The guidance also provides a checklist for participants to follow when entering a cooperative arrangement at local, state, and federal levels.

The guidance is the result of legislation (SB 5958) passed in the 2019 session.

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