Welcome to the COSTARS Supplier Area:
The following guide is provided to acquaint you with the COSTARS Program.
Supplier Guide – COSTARS Program Participation
“COSTARS” is the Commonwealth’s cooperative purchasing program managed by the DGS Bureau of Procurement. The COSTARS Program provides registered local public procurement units (LPPUs) as well as state affiliated entities (together “members”) and suppliers a tool to find and do business with each other effectively through the use of a contract established by DGS.
COSTARS membership is for purchasers and it is exclusive to eligible LPPUs and state-affiliated entities. Suppliers participate in the COSTARS Program as Contractors. To become a COSTARS Supplier, you must respond to bid opportunities that are published on the DGS COSTARS and DGS PA eMarketplace web-pages. A supplier that successfully responds to a contract solicitation may be awarded a contract.
While the COSTARS Supplier Guide addresses COSTARS-exclusive contract participation, suppliers may also do business with COSTARS members through the use of certain statewide agency contracts. For more information regarding statewide agency contracts participation, please visit the DGS Bureau of Procurement web-pages at www.dgs.state.pa.us/procurement.
A CONTRACTOR AGREES TO SELL ITEMS OR SERVICES UNDER A COSTARS-EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT TO DGS-REGISTERED COSTARS MEMBERS. THE CONTRACTOR IS NOT PERMITTED TO USE THE COSTARS-EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT TO SELL TO NON-COSTARS MEMBERS.
Commonwealth executive and independent agencies are not eligible to register as COSTARS members and may not make purchases from the COSTARS-exclusive contracts.
All DGS contracts through which LPPUs and state-affiliated entities may make purchases, including COSTARS-exclusive contracts and specific statewide agency contracts, are part of the COSTARS Program.