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The Pennsylvania COSTARS program is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Cooperative Purchasing Program. COSTARS serves to identify suppliers with whom to do business for eligible public procurement units and state affiliated entities (Members). The program serves as a liaison between the Member entities and suppliers.

The goals of the program are:

  • Encourage, expand, and facilitate opportunities for Members to achieve savings and best value through an interactive partnership with the Commonwealth of Pa.
  • Provide increased opportunities for suppliers of any size to participate and compete for Members’ business.
  • Provide contracts with competitive pricing.

The Commonwealth Procurement Codes provides authority for members to engage in cooperative purchasing with the Commonwealth. This authorizes the Department of General Services to enter in cooperative purchasing contracts for use by Members. The DGS requires members and suppliers to be registered as COSTARS members to reap the benefits of the program.

COSTARS Contract Number for Construction/Heavy Duty Type Power Equipment: 025-171

COSTARS Contract Number for Emergency Responder Vehicles: 013-126