The USETPA is an alliance that was formed to leverage purchasing power for K-12 Public and Private Schools, Libraries, and Head Start Organizations. Demand will be aggregated for larger orders.
Formal RFPs will be issued and multiple vendors awarded for each service and product. The process will be in accordance with all State and Local purchasing laws, thus reducing the administration burden on subscribers of USETPA
As a result of E-Rate modernization and a new emphasis being placed on consortia purchasing, USETPA was founded by a number of School Districts. In cooperation with several professional education associations, the Alliance seeks to facilitate the creation and implementation of Master Service Agreements (MSA). The use of MSAs will allow schools, libraries, and local government agencies to leverage the pricing power of aggregated demand while decreasing the burdens placed upon purchasing departments. All MSAs will follow a bidding process that will be compliant with state and local laws as well as E-Rate regulations.
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E-Rate eligible services will have a corresponding 470 issued in the name of all subscribers of the Alliance. This will streamline an individual applicant's requirements during the E-Rate application process