Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was interested in Tangent
Computer's products and services. Tangent Computer offered LAUSD
a variety of procurement vehicles from which to obtain the required
products/services without having to go through a long bid process.
The Purchasing staff chose to pursue the FOCUS procurement vehicle
as there are no fees to be paid. Subsequently, a conference call
was held with staff from LAUSD Purchasing, Merced County FOCUS,
and Tangent Computer in order to clarify how LAUSD might participate
in the program. Following the clarifications, the FOCUS contract
was submitted for review by LAUSD legal counsel. After positive
review by legal counsel, the LAUSD Board of Trustees approved the
use of the FOCUS Program in the LAUSD as submitted by the Purchasing
A joint powers relationship was then created between LAUSD and
Merced County when LAUSD referenced the specific FOCUS contract
number for Tangent Computer on their signed purchase orders to Tangent
Computer and forwarded information copies to Merced County.
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Southwestern Community College
Recently, Southwestern Community College was considering a large
telecommunications purchase from Siemens. They needed to make the
purchase very quickly but did not have a procurement vehicle that
would address the scope of the procurement. Siemens informed Southwestern
Community College of the FOCUS agreement. The college made a quick
evaluation and determined that FOCUS fit their needs perfectly.
The purchase went through without a hitch.
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