About The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS)

TIPS is available for use by all public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties and other government entities in the States of; Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

All awarded contracts through the TIPS program have been awarded under the Competitively Bid Process and received a Contract from TIPS Governing Board of Directors. These Awarded Vendors have agreed to provide the best pricing, terms and conditions available to TIPS/TAPS Members.

The TIPS Program takes PRIDE in providing a purchasing coop where Awarded Vendors and Members both benefit. With a successful award, a vendor can expedite an order for a member because all purchasing requirements are completed during the RFP process. A school district or other TIPS/TAPS Member can benefit from the cost savings of time and expense in competitively bidding each purchase.

Participation of government entities with TIPS, will provide the legally required competition for contracts for commonly purchased items, thereby saving the individual government agency the cost, time and aggravations of going through the competitive process.

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Purpose of TIPS

  • Provides government entities opportunities for greater efficiency and economy in acquiring goods and services.
  • Takes advantage of state-of-the-art purchasing procedures to insure the most competitive contracts.
  • Provides competitive price solicitations and bulk purchasing for multiple government entities that yields economic benefits unobtainable by the individual entity.
  • Provides quick and efficient delivery of goods and services to those that are not able to command the best contracts for themselves.
  • Maximizes purchasing power for municipal entities to command the best contracts for themselves by utilizing the purchasing systems group buying power.
  • Assists government entities in maintaining the essential controls for budget and accounting purposes.
  • Maintains credibility in business procedures by maintaining open competition for purchases & by complying with purchasing laws & ethical business practices.

Customer Service

Support Groups for government entities must be “customer service oriented”. Purchasing and materials management must be able to respond to user in a manner that satisfies the needs of the agency. TIPS staff is available to end users for guidance in making purchasing and contracting decisions.

By establishing contracts for many commonly purchased items, TIPS provides a way for government entities to avoid the time and expense of seeking competition for purchases on an agency-by-agency basis.

TIPS/TAPS enables vendors to become more efficient and competitive by reducing the number of bids and proposals that require responses to be made to individual districts.

Cost of TIPS

TIPS does not charge any fees to participating government entities.

It is quick and easy to become a member and begin simplified Purchasing and cost savings, to begin enjoying Coop purchasing power.

Simply go to www.tips-usa.com/membership.cfm then find your state and download the easy to use agreements.

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Purchasing Procedures

  • Contracts are established through open competition
  • Purchase orders are issued by participating governmental entities directly to the vendor.
  • Purchase orders are sent to the TIPS/TAPS office where they are reviewed and edited by the TIPS staff and forwarded to the vendor within one working day.
  • Vendors deliver goods/services directly to the participating agency and then invoice the participating agency.
  • The vendor receives payment directly from the participating agency.

Members of TIPS

Use the following steps to make purchases from us:

  • Contact a Representative at 312-970-1LED (1533) or info@gnpenergy.com
  • Create a purchase order (use your districts normal procedure).
  • Type in TIPS PURCHASE somewhere on the purchase order.
  • FAX the purchase order to GNP Energy at: 866-286-1588
  • Request members fax a copy of the PO to TIPS/TAPS at 866-839-8472.

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