CMAS Certification


The State of California establishes multiple award contracts in accordance with Public Contract Code Sections 10290 et seq. and 12101.5 (effective January 1994). A multiple award contract is an award to two or more contractors for the same products and/or services at the same or similar prices. Multiple award does not pertain to the number of buyers who would be ordering from the contract, but rather the number of contractors receiving an award from a common bid process. CMAS contracts are not established through a competitive bid process conducted by the State of California. Because of this, all pricing, products and/or services offered must have been previously bid and awarded on a Federal GSA schedule. The supplier completes a CMAS Contract Application offering products and/or services at prices based on an existing Federal GSA multiple award schedule. This schedule is referred to as the “base” contract. Upon review and acceptance of the application, the CMAS Unit awards a CMAS contract which includes the State of California contract terms and conditions, procurement codes, policies, and guidelines. For clarity, the CMAS Program does not “use” the GSA Authorized Federal Supply Service Schedule. Instead, we establish a totally independent California contract for the same products and services at equal or lower prices. Once a CMAS contract is awarded, the Contractor markets and distributes the contract, and provides CMAS with quarterly reports of CMAS sales transactions.            


Suppliers can offer products, services, and prices from their own Federal GSA schedule. They can also offer products, services, and prices from a Federal GSA schedule held by another company. In this case, the supplier must provide written substantiation that they are: 1. Authorized to sell the products and provide the technical services being offered, or 2. Qualified to provide the consulting, personal, or stand-alone technical services offered by including supporting customer references.