Problem is that state contract is just like GSA so no bidding required and is fully legal under all federal, state, and local laws. Same reason HGAC exists and is recognized since anyone can participate.
All products on the state contracts are pre-bid according to established minimum requirements, which meets AFG/federal guidelines. Plus any vendor that wants to put their products on the state contract can, so that's how they've met the open procurement requirement.
Plus it's a procedural thing. If the city didn't advertise for bids then there's no forum to submit them legally. And if there's no requirement for them to request bids thanks to the state contract, then they have no requirement to accept bids and therefore can't.
Amazing how many people suddenly have issues with procedures that they themselves have used to their own advantage when they can... :rolleyes: