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Employee Purchasing Program!

The Employee Purchasing Program allows state employees to buy today and pay tomorrow; right from their paychecks!

House Bill 551, passed during the 2015 Legislative Session, authorizes the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) to facilitate the Employee Purchasing Program. DOAS has partnered with Purchasing Power®, the leading specialty e-retailer offering an employee purchase program with more than 50,000 name brand consumer products and services through payroll deduction at the workplace.

Want to learn more about the Employee Purchasing Program? Click on this video, which:

  • Describes the benefits of the employee purchasing program;
  • Determines your eligibility to participate in the program;
  • Lists the requirements to register for the program; and
  • Helps you to determine who to contact with questions, comments, or concerns.

For the best viewing experience we recommend using Chrome. For auditory assistance, download the course transcript from the Resources tab in the course player after you launch the course.

Click on the following links for more information about the Employee Purchasing Program, the Employee Purchasing Program Policy, Frequently Asked Questions, and a Purchasing Power video.

Ready to get started? Go to or call 1-800-537-3134. Send questions and comments to


What’s Happening in Georgia State Parks

Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites “Take Flight” in 2023

This year’s programming theme is all about birds, bats and pollinators. Rangers invite you to join evening bat walks, backyard bird counts, pollinator habitat restoration projects, butterfly hikes and more “Take Flight” programs. You’ll learn the importance of pollination for our food, migration patterns, how to identify birds and much more. Regular programs like Junior Ranger camps, archery classes, and guided kayak tours are also scheduled throughout the year. Check the Events tab on

Below is a sample of “Take Flight” Programs in 2023

  • Extinction is Forever: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers – Sundays in Spring, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, Juliette
  • Bird Bingo – March 10, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain
  • Butterfly Craft – March 11, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan
  • Take Flight Hike – First Saturdays, April – October, New Echota Cherokee Capital, Calhoun
  • Bats Along the Etowah River – April 17, Etowah Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
  • World Migration Bird Day Hike – May 13, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp
  • World Bee Day – May 20, Kolomoki Mounds Historic Site, Blakely
  • Dragonflies Along the Etowah – June 10, Etowah Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville
  • Build a Bee Hotel – June 17, Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen

Celebrating Public Employee Recognition Week!

Public Employee Recognition Week (PERW) is May 1-7, 2022.  Click here to download the State Employees Recognition Week proclamation signed by Governor Brian P. Kemp.

The purpose of this week is to recognize and celebrate our employees and the work they do for the citizens of the State of Georgia.  It provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the achievements and contributions our employees make daily.
Agencies throughout the State will to express appreciation in various ways to their employees.