Excellent idea since govt. usually overpays for such items. This is because many companies dont want govt. business because payment is so slow it creates cash flow problems. The end result is most items purchased are priced at list plus a sizeable surcharge to cover the "float". Thus making it almost impossible for govt. to get really competitive bids on things like office supplies.
I think it's time for both the federal and state governments to give more consideration to open source software like StarOffice and OpenOffice. I think it's also time for them to look at the new "Voice Over IP" technology to save long distance costs. It looks like the California Performance Review report expresses the same. It indicates that these steps could save California $32 billion over 5 years. What do you think? Is it time for our governments to weans themselves from proprietary softwares designed to maximize profits?