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The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) Commodity Book has been prepared for the use of bidders, vendors, and state agency personnel.

NIGP Codes have been revised effective April 2016. Codes have been added, deleted and or merged with other codes please use theCommodity bookto review your Codes. For assistance please contact the CMBL Help Desk ator viaemail.

Agencies use the class-item numbering and descriptions found in this book to properly code products or services on their requisitions and purchases, so informal and formal invitations for bid will reach vendors that have indicated they are capable of furnishing the required materials, equipment, supplies, and services.

Bidders are encouraged to become familiar with the format and contents of this book as they apply to theCentralized Master Bidders Listsearch and vendor profiling. It is

important to both agencies and potential bidders that bidder class-item selections are correct. The State of Texas encourages agencies to make the most efficient use of tax dollars and this includes judicious use of printing and postage for bid invitations.

Note to Bidders:please do not select classes or items for which youCANNOTdo business. The cost of unnecessary mailings is passed on to every taxpayer. If you are unable to bid or provide goods/services upon award, you may be removed from the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL).

The Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of theNational Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the development of this Commodity Book.

Vendors, who need help identifying which class and item codes are applicable to your company, should email theCMBL Help Deskor call.

State agencies or Texas Smartbuy Members may access theNIGP Living Codethrough the annual site license obtained by SPD. Each agency is allowed one free agency account with the capability to set-up multiple users. If you anticipate having multiple users logged in at the same time on a regular basis, you may want to purchase additional seats from NIGP. The benefits of accessing the Living Code include:

Real-time access to correct State of Texas commodity or service class and items

Standardization of generally accepted specifications

Reduced time in developing and writing specifications

Support for inventory management and procurement planning and management

To set up your entitys living code access or to set up new commodity codes for government entity use, please contact the.

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptrollers most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.