COSTARS

COSTARS is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s cooperative purchasing program and serves as a conduit through which registered and eligible local public procurement units (LPPUs) and state-affiliated entities (together “members”) are able to leverage contracts established by Department of General Services to cost effectively and efficiently identify suppliers/vendors with whom to do business.

Dagostino Electronic Services is a COSTARS vendor with the following purchasing contracts:

  • 003-393 – IT Hardware: Items to support multimedia communications and LANs; servers and data storage
  • 008-287 – Maintenance, Repair, & Operation Equipment & Supplies (“MRO”): Security products
  • 034-071 – Theater (Auditorium) Furniture, Fixtures, Audio/Visual Equipment and Musical Instruments: Audio, camera and monitor equipment and accessories; podiums, lecterns and stands; presentation equipment and accessories; projectors and accessories; videoconferencing equipment

Manufacturers Offered by DES

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Member Eligibility

Local public procurement units and state-affiliated entities are eligible to register for COSTARS.
A “local public procurement unit” is defined as:

  • Any political subdivision (local government unit), such as a municipality, school district or commission
  • Any public authority (including authorities formed under the Municipality Authorities Act of 1955 or other authorizing legislation, such as the Public Transportation Law or the Aviation Code)
  • Any tax-exempt, nonprofit educational institution or organization
  • Any tax-exempt, nonprofit public health institution or organization
  • Any nonprofit fire company, rescue company, or ambulance company
  • Any other entity that spends public funds for the procurement of supplies, services, and construction (such as council of governments or an area government, or an organization that receives public grant funds)

A “state-affiliated entity” is a Commonwealth authority or other Commonwealth entity that is not a Commonwealth agency. This includes:

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System
  • Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority
  • State Public School Building Authority
  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority
  • State System of Higher Education

Visit dgs.pa.gov for more information on eligibility or to register as a member. You may also review the list of potential members frequently asked questions here.