The 2015-2016 Kansas State Use Catalog is now available for download. Download the 2015-2016 Kansas Use Catalog.
The Kansas State Use website accepts both credit card orders and orders placed using a Purchase Order.
Registered users can log in and return to this page to request approval for P.O. purchases. (If you have not yet registered, click the "Register Now" link to the right and set up your company information before requesting the P.O. billing option.)
On orders placed using a P.O., each State Use Vendor will invoice you separately. Please use a separate P.O. number for items from each State Use Vendor (place multiple orders if you are ordering from multiple agencies).
This catalog is published in compliance with K.S.A. 75-3317 through 75-3322, The Kansas Use Law. The Kansas Director of Purchases has found the items in this catalog to be consistent with The Kansas Use Law and has therefore designated them for mandatory purchase. The intent of The Kansas Use Law is to help provide employment for Kansans who are blind or severely disabled. Purchase of products and services from these exceptional Kansans helps them be a productive force contributing to the economy of our State.
Benefits of the program
- Yields meaningful employment and training
- Compliments and encourages efforts to deinstitutionalize people who have disabilities
- Advocates self-sufficiency for those with disabilities
- Reduces cost of service care for people with disabilities
- Encourages community involvement and support of people who have disabilities
- Supports efforts for a good business approach to spending vocational rehabilitation dollars
- Increases tax base
- Decreases tax requirements
- Stimulates growth of Kansas local economy
- Ensures continuity in the supply of needed services and products to customers
- Provides opportunity for State agencies to contract for services at a lower cost than in-house services
- Promotes productivity in vocational rehabilitation centers
A Summary of Kansas Law about Purchasing
Summary of K.S.A. 75-3321
The Director of Purchases and any person or officer authorized to purchase materials and supplies for any State agency or Unified School District operating in Kansas, or to purchase services for any agency within Kansas State government, shall purchase, from the catalog, "Products and Services Manufactured and Offered By Blind and Severely Disabled Kansans," at any time when the listings in that catalog will meet the needs of the agency or school district.
Summary of K.S.A. 75-3322
Whenever the qualified vendors represented in this catalog are unable to supply the products or services needed, or are unable to meet delivery requirements on any purchase order or requisition, a written waiver request shall immediately be forwarded to the Director of Purchases by the state agency procurement officer or purchasing officer of the Unified School District. If approved by the Director of Purchases such waivers shall relieve and exempt the state or Unified School District from the purchasing requirements set forth in the relevant Kansas laws (K.S.A. 75-3317 and 75-3322). The waiver granted shall apply only to the case of the specific purchase order, request or requisition.
Request for State Use Program Waiver
The Kansas State Use Program is governed by statutes (K.S.A. 75-3317 through 75-3322) which include some provisions for waivers. To find out more, please visit the following website.
Waiver Request Form: www.da.ks.gov/purch/StateUseWaiverRequestForm.doc
View the Kansas State Use Committee New Vendor Criteria.
Bidder Preference Program
The Kansas Legislature enacted a Bidder Preference Program which benefits those who employ persons with disabilities. See http://admin.ks.gov/offices/procurement-and-contracts/bidder-preference-program for more information.