WHAT IS CNA?
In 1981 the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill, The State Use Law for Rehabilitation Facilities (NJSA 30:6-23), that enables vocational training centers to do business with government agencies without having to competitively bid on the open market. Signed by Governor Byrne in 1982, the law permits the set-aside of designated commodities and services to be sold to state, county and municipal government units, on a sole-provider basis, by a Central Non-Profit Agency (CNA). Once set-aside, the item is removed from competitive bidding and is awarded to an approved center for as long as it continues to meet state specifications.
In 1984, the predecessor organization of ACCSES NJ was appointed by the New Jersey Commissioner of Human Services as the state's Central Non-Profit Agency to administer the set-aside program. We created CNA Services as a division to handle the responsibility, and it has held the state's Central Non-Profit Agency designation ever since.
CNA Services carries out all activities necessary for implementation of the State Use Law, which include
- Marketing products and services offered by CNA affiliates and approved by the Commodities and Services Council
- Seeking new products and services for the set-aside program.
- Managing the set-aside contracts
- Ensuring that all quality and delivery requirements are met
- Acting as liaison between our affiliates and the responsible governmental agencies
CNA Services offers purchasing agents for government and private organizations several advantages.
- It's a smart way to buy. The goods and services are excellent and the price is always right
- It puts you in the driver's seat. A negotiated bid process allows you to tailor specifications and get exactly the product and service you want
- The non-competitive process is easy to handle
- It's the right thing to do. Thousands of disabled New Jerseyans have difficulty finding work. Helping them helps us all.