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What is "Piggybacking"? 

Under FL Code 60A-1.047.5  local government agencies may make purchases using another agency's purchasing contract, a process known as "piggybacking."

Generally, smaller agencies piggyback on contracts awarded by larger "host" agencies, allowing the smaller agencies to save time and obtain better prices and terms than they might be able to on their own.


Piggybacking Process

To piggyback on another local government agency's contract:

  • The host agency and the piggybacking agency must sign an interlocal agreement and file it with the county auditor or post it online by subject . Ideally, the agreement should be in place before the purchasing contract is awarded, but this is not mandatory.
  • The host agency must comply with its statutory contracting requirements and post the solicitation online .
  • The vendor must agree to the arrangement through the initial solicitation documents.

The awarding agency assumes no responsibility for orders placed by other agencies.


Piggybacking on Federal Contracts

Local governments may also piggyback off many federal contracts administered by the General Services Administration (GSA). This includes:

  • Information technology products
  • Security/law enforcement equipment
  • Items to aid recovery from federally-declared disasters or acts of terrorism
  • Items to aid response to federally-declared public health emergencies
  • Equipment to support counterdrug, homeland security, and emergency response activities

For more information, see GSA's page on State and Local Government Customers.

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