MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2016

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award Posted on Dec 30

EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

As Director of the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program at OSD, Julia Wolfe is relentless in her efforts to broaden and promote the availability of sustainable purchasing options on Statewide Contracts. By virtue of Wolfe’s hard work and determination, the Commonwealth has received   …Continue Reading EPP Program Director Recipient of Leading by Example Award

COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors Posted on Dec 27

If you have forgotten your login credentials, COMMBUYS offers a self-service option. On COMMBUYS.com, select Sign In followed by the Login Assistance link. On the Login Help page, select either Forgot User ID or Forgot Password and click Continue. Users will receive the requested information   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Helpful Hints: Password Guidance for Vendors

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar Posted on Dec 15

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Whether you’re fairly new to COMMBUYS or are looking to refine your purchasing skills, we highly recommend our one-hour, online purchasing class. COMMBUYS trainer, Renee O’Rourke, will walk buyers through the steps to purchase from fixed-price line item catalogs, zero-dollar catalogs, and PunchOuts, and highlight   …Continue Reading Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview Posted on Nov 29

If someone described the process of doing business with the state as being “extremely easy to navigate,” you may not believe him at first. But the more you talk with David Kelly, Senior Solutions Consultant at Valora Technologies, the more you start to believe him.   …Continue Reading Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview

Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement Posted on Nov 22

Calling all procurement professionals in the Commonwealth! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out learning the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, and Statewide Contracts, OSD has a two-class track to give you all the tools you need for successful procurements. Essentials of   …Continue Reading Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement

COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM Posted on Nov 17

COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM

With another $100,000,000 purchased in COMMBUYS, we have new COMMBUYS Hall of Fame winners. Congratulations to one and all!   Individual who placed the order in COMMBUYS that pushed us over the $600MM mark Meaghan Hencir Department of Fire Services Order for $3,100 under FAC77   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM

Get Ready for America Recycles Day – Tuesday, November 15! Posted on Nov 10

Get Ready for America Recycles Day - Tuesday, November 15!

America Recycles Day* is a national initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices and purchasing. Similar to the goals outlined in the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program, the day prompts consumers to learn about and take advantage of recycling opportunities and to reduce waste by   …Continue Reading Get Ready for America Recycles Day – Tuesday, November 15!

Supplier Diversity Office Receives Honorable Mention for Innovation Efforts Posted on Oct 27

OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) was awarded a George Cronin Award for Procurement Excellence: Honorable Mention for its commitment to innovation in supporting supplier diversity. The Cronin Awards, which recognize innovation and efficiency in state procurement, were presented by the National Association of State Procurement   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office Receives Honorable Mention for Innovation Efforts

Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS! Posted on Oct 27

The Non-profit Purchasing Program was developed to allow eligible non-profit organizations to use Statewide Contracts to purchase commodities and services. These contracts offer pre-negotiated terms and competitive pricing in a range of categories, from office supplies, technology products, and landscaping, to groceries, athletic equipment, and   …Continue Reading Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS!