What is TIPS?

TIPS is an acronym for The Interlocal Purchasing System.  TIPS is a national purchasing cooperative that offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership.  TIPS is housed at and managed by the Region 8 Education Service Center located in Pittsburg, Texas.

 How does my organization benefit from using a purchasing cooperative like TIPS?

For governmental agencies such as public education organizations, higher education entities, and city or county governments, membership in a purchasing cooperative offers the following benefits:

  •         Access to competitively procured contracts with quality vendors
  •         Savings of time and financial resources necessary to fulfill bid requirements
  •         Assistance with purchasing process by qualified TIPS staff
  •         Access to pricing based on a “national” high-profile contract

Does the TIPS purchasing process meet the purchasing requirements of my state?

TIPS staff work closely with TIPS legal counsel to verify that a state’s purchasing law allows for the operation of purchasing cooperatives within the state through either direct or piggyback agreements. This legal authority is accessible by state on the TIPS website.

What Contracts does iSphere hold with TIPS?

iSphere holds contracts for both IT Consulting Services and  IT Staffing Services

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