MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2015

Preparing for Winter with Environmentally Preferable Products on Statewide Contract Posted on Dec 15

Preparing for Winter with Environmentally Preferable Products on Statewide Contract

  by Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing at the Operational Services Division* Although the weather to date has not been an indicator (shhh!), the winter season is on our doorstep. As always, preparedness is key to ensuring a safe and comfortable season and Statewide   …Continue Reading Preparing for Winter with Environmentally Preferable Products on Statewide Contract

Availability of Naloxone (Narcan®) through Statewide Contract Posted on Dec 1

Availability of Naloxone (Narcan®) through Statewide Contract

  Local government buyers have increasingly been reaching out to the Operational Services Division (OSD) about the availability of naloxone on Statewide Contract. As you may know, naloxone, the generic version of Narcan®, is a medication to reverse the effects of overdoses from heroin or   …Continue Reading Availability of Naloxone (Narcan®) through Statewide Contract

MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success! Posted on Dec 1

MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success!

  During the last month, OSD has made road trips across the Commonwealth for the five events in the MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series (“The Series”). In Lawrence, Worcester, Roxbury, New Bedford, and Springfield, the vibrant gatherings have provided small and diverse businesses the opportunity   …Continue Reading MA Supplier Diversity Regional Series is a Success!

Public Auction of Vehicles and Equipment This Week Posted on Nov 16

Public Auction of Vehicles and Equipment This Week

From time to time, the Operational Services Division (OSD) offers the general public the opportunity to bid on vehicles and other equipment that no longer are of use by the State. Two such opportunities will be held this week through public auction in Ayer and   …Continue Reading Public Auction of Vehicles and Equipment This Week

The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS Posted on Oct 23

The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS

  The COMMBUYS Enablement Team (CET) had a busy September. While the entire team is dedicated to helping municipal organizations access competitive Statewide Contract pricing through COMMBUYS, Jackie Abbott is the Account Manager responsible for outreach to Gateway Cities. These 26 communities across the Commonwealth   …Continue Reading The City of Everett Adopts COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers Posted on Oct 19

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints - UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

The Operational Services Division (OSD) uses United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC), a global products and services classification system, to categorize goods and services in the COMMBUYS Market Center. Purchasers use these codes when posting bids and vendors select UNSPSCs as part of   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

Preparing for Emergencies with Statewide Contracts Posted on Oct 1

Preparing for Emergencies with Statewide Contracts

  September was National Preparedness Month – the time designated by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to plan for safety in emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. In the Commonwealth, it is essential to include winter preparedness in emergency planning. Now that   …Continue Reading Preparing for Emergencies with Statewide Contracts

An Adventure in Training Posted on Sep 18

An Adventure in Training

When they return to school in September, many children are tasked with describing how they spent their summer vacations. For Scott Jones, Director of Training for OSD, and his team of 11 training professionals, much of this summer has been devoted to reviewing, updating, testing,   …Continue Reading An Adventure in Training

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff Posted on Sep 10

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

  Within OSD, the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program works to integrate environmentally preferable specifications into Statewide Contracts to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. As part   …Continue Reading FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement Posted on Sep 1

  While Grant postings are nothing new to COMMBUYS, announcing and finding these funding opportunities has never been easier with the introduction of a new COMMBUYS-specific UNSPSC commodity code (00-00-00) for Grants!* Going forward, grantor agencies will be using this UNSPSC code to clearly identify   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement