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Caterpillar and Cat® dealers have a long history of providing premium-quality products and services to governmental agencies that build and maintain roads, remove snow, operate landfills and do many other material handling jobs. We work together to help governmental buyers make taxpayer dollars go farther—offering equipment and support services that deliver the lowest total Life Cycle Costs.

Products/solutions unique to the government

Governmental buyers in North America have a unique opportunity to save time, improve efficiency, control costs and reduce risk by acquiring products and services through cooperative purchasing agreements. Caterpillar is pleased to have agreements with the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (National IPA – City of Tucson Contract #120377) and the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA Contracts #060311-Cat and #080613-Cat). These agreements give agencies easy access to a broad range of Cat machines and back up power solutions.

Governmental buyers can also benefit from an online RFP Builder, which allows users to build RFPs and RFQs that include Life Cycle Cost. By capturing total cost information, buyers are better suited to budget accurately, avoid surprises, manage long-term spending and reduce risk.

Caterpillar supports governmental buyers with tools and resources that make it easier to build comprehensive bid proposals, create and manage budgets, control capital expenditures and make informed investment decisions.

By working with their local Cat dealer, agencies can also benefit from specific service and support solutions developed to meet their individual needs.

An example of a government-related project that was innovative - something that helped solve a problem or contributed a solution.

Cat machines are at work, rebuilding and restoring one of the most famous landmarks in the United States—the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The reflecting pool, which extends almost half a mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial, draws more visitors each year than Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks combined. While many are familiar with this landmark, few realize that the pool has not been updated since it was built in 1930. As a result, it is deteriorating rapidly.

Corman Construction, a fourth-generation, family-owned business in the D.C. area, is renovating the pool using 15 Cat machines. Planned improvements require the demolition of the existing pool and construction of a new water recirculation system that provides an environmentally-friendly and sustainable process for recycling pool water. Also included in the project are a new water treatment facility, pedestrian walkway and lighting system.

Caterpillar is proud to play a role in the restoration of a national landmark, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

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New technologies being developed or adopted that will have an impact on the way products and/or services are delivered

Caterpillar offers advanced positioning, monitoring and communications technologies to help governmental buyers manage equipment to achieve low Life Cycle Costs. Cat Equipment Management Solutions let owners track equipment health remotely, predict potential problems and resolve issues before failure. The result: more uptime, reduced repair costs, longer service intervals when job conditions allow, extended component life, higher resale value and lower owning and operating costs.

Suggestion for improving the procurement process...

We believe more governmental buyers should have the opportunity to make investment decisions based on the total cost of ownership rather than initial purchase price alone. Doing so would allow agencies to budget more accurately, reduce risk, optimize the use of limited resources and get the best possible value and return on taxpayer dollars. 

As an Enterprise Sponsor, ​Caterpillar hopes to impact the public procurement community by...

We strive to build strong relationships with customers we serve, working together to help them achieve their business objectives. As an Enterprise Sponsor, we expect to forge even deeper relationships within the procurement community, and in turn, help more governmental buyers invest confidently in the type of products and services we offer. 
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