The 1122 Procurement Program enables state and local government buyers to access the federal source of supply, specifically for purchases of equipment in support of counter-drug, homeland security and emergency response activities. Section 1122 affords state and local agencies the opportunity to take advantage of the purchasing power of the Federal Government’s negotiated discounts with tens-of-thousands of vendors.
While being overseen by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army acts as the Executive agent of the program. The Army, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) are involved in the 1122 Program.
Currently, 32 states and Puerto Rico are actively using the 1122 Program. It is a favorite purchasing method among law enforcement and fire departments. However, many other departments purchase from the program. The 1122 Equipment and Supplies Catalog includes alarm systems, vehicles, security equipment and much more.
History of the 1122 Program
Originally, Section 1122 of the 1994 National Defense Authorization Act allowed state and local government entities to purchase through federal channels only in the performance of counter-drug activities.
The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2009 amended Section 1122, to expand the procurement authority to include equipment for homeland security and emergency response activities. The Office of the Secretary of Defense provided the following to describe emergency response:
“First responders plus emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. The emergency responder community consists not just of fire, law enforcement, and medical immediate responders to an accident or emergency situation but also to the infrastructure that supports them and other emergency response organizations.”
Participants in the 1122 Program
Buyers in the 1122 Program are defined as “States” and “Units of Local Government,” however the scope of these terms defines a variety of organizations:
- District of Columbia (Washington DC)
- Commonwealths and territories (like Puerto Rico)
- City, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state
- Indian tribes
The governor of each state wanting to participate in the 1122 Program appoints a State Point of Contact (SPOC) to supervise the state’s operations. The ordering process begins when the state or local government determines the need for products that are within scope of Section 1122 (offered by one of the three sources: The Army, the DLA and the GSA). The SPOC will confirm that budget allocation is available for the purchase request. Buyers (police or fire departments for example) wishing to buy products through the 1122 Program must contact their SPOC in order to make a purchase. This program is limited primarily to the purchase of goods with some basic services.
Here’s a sample of the goods and services in the catalogue that are available to participants:
- Air and water purification equipment
- Alarm and signal systems
- Audio/video, telemetry, recording/reproducing, signal data solutions
- Firefighting and rescue equipment
- Geophysical and environmental analysis equipment
- Hardware and hand tools
- Imaging and document solutions
- Information technology hardware, software and services
- Laboratory instruments, furnishings, LIMS
- Law enforcement and security equipment
- Lawn and garden equipment and tools
- Marine craft and equipment
- Mission-oriented business integrated services (MOBIS)
- Office products, supplies and services
- Photographic equipment (digital/film-based cameras, printers)
- Power distribution equipment, generators and batteries
- Solar energy systems, energy saving lighting, specialty lighting
- Special purpose clothing
- Sports (promotional, outdoor, recreational, trophies, signs)
- Test and measurement equipment, unmanned scientific vehicles
- Vehicles (law enforcement vehicles, sedans, SUVs, vans, pick-ups)
- Warehouse equipment and supplies
How Agencies Benefit from the 1122 Program
In fiscal year 2010, state and local agencies saved an estimated $1.7 Million on equipment and supplies offered through the 1122 Program. Here are a few examples of how three states benefited from the program:
- In 2014 the Colorado State Patrol saved over $120,000 by purchasing new vehicles through the 1122 Program
- In 2011 the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety purchased multiple Segways in the amount of $87,921 through the 1122 Program
- State and local governments in Georgia have saved millions of dollars by using the 1122 Program and estimate that they may be able to save from 10-54% when purchasing equipment suitable for counter-drug, homeland security or emergency response activities.
State and Local Purchasing Through 1122 Is on the Rise
The Section 1122 Procurement Program allows state and local government buyers to purchase equipment in support of counter-drug, homeland security and emergency response activities from federal supply sources. Access to these pre-negotiated federal discounts has saved taxpayers millions over the course of the program. With around 65% adoption among eligible buyers, there is a high level of participation, but there remains room to expand for this young program.