The BOP does NOT try to save money by buying in bulk, such as toilet paper, paper towels, copy paper, toner cartridges, food items, etc. THey allow each institution do their own thing, so they can protect the 4 contracting jobs each institution is authorized. A senior contracting spec (supervisor), a property officer, and 2 contracting specialists. The region or central office contracting should be buying these staple items for the whole region, by the truck load, and having it shipped to each joint. Just as walmart and other major retailers do. Our contracting staff normally are staring out the windows.