MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2016

Upcoming Vehicle Auctions – November 2016 Posted on Oct 21

From time to time, OSD offers the public the opportunity to bid on vehicles and other equipment that no longer are of use by the State. Two such opportunities will take place next month: State Police Viewing: Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.   …Continue Reading Upcoming Vehicle Auctions – November 2016

Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns Posted on Oct 11

Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns

When a municipality in Massachusetts uses COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s electronic market center, they not only receive access to Statewide Contract (SWC) pricing and streamlined purchasing; they’re also given an unparalleled level of support every step of the way. The stories below highlight some of the   …Continue Reading Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns

Best Value Procurement Handbook Posted on Sep 30

After months of hard work, what was called the Procurement Information Center (PIC) on the OSD website has been replaced with a simplified, searchable format called the Best Value Procurement Handbook. Highlights New content promotes using the seven steps of strategic sourcing and ties the   …Continue Reading Best Value Procurement Handbook

OSD Welcomes the MBTA! Posted on Sep 21

OSD Welcomes the MBTA!

After much analysis and planning, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is working closely with the Operational Services Division to transition their state funded procurement and purchasing activity to Statewide Contracts and the Commonwealth’s online procurement center, COMMBUYS. For the MBTA, a quasi-public authority not   …Continue Reading OSD Welcomes the MBTA!

Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success Posted on Sep 21

Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success

Throughout the fall, join your neighbors, the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, and OSD to learn procurement best practices, including how to: Prepare for the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the new law streamlining municipal procurement, effective November 7 Comply with Chapter   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success

Bridging the Gap: Statewide Contract Vendors & Diverse Suppliers Partner for Success Posted on Sep 16

After completing a rigorous bidding process, Darby Bruno, CEO of BEI Net.works, received the news that she was selected as a vendor on Statewide Contract ITS53 for information technology professional services. Bruno described one of the surprises she experienced after being selected for ITS53. “Although   …Continue Reading Bridging the Gap: Statewide Contract Vendors & Diverse Suppliers Partner for Success

Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted Posted on Sep 1

In July’s issue of Buy the Way, we announced the launch of the IT Small Business Incubator Pilot, which aims to reduce barriers to doing business with the Commonwealth, expedite contracting, and increase access to innovative services. To be successful, the Incubator requires a steady   …Continue Reading Small-Scale IT Projects Wanted

Find Environmentally Preferable Furniture on Statewide Contract OFF38 Posted on Aug 23

If your organization is looking for greener furniture choices, you’ll be interested in a new resource to identify and evaluate Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) selections on Statewide Contract OFF38 for Office, School, and Library Furniture, Accessories & Services. Over the last several months, the EPP   …Continue Reading Find Environmentally Preferable Furniture on Statewide Contract OFF38

A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees Posted on Aug 16

A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees

Since its launch in March 2014, COMMBUYS activity has steadily increased due in large part to Department support and a growing number of municipal organizations that choose to use COMMBUYS. We are pleased to report that as of July 18, 2016, the COMMBUYS Market Center   …Continue Reading A New Sales Echelon and Our Newest COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Inductees

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready? Posted on Aug 15

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?

On Tuesday, August 9, Governor Charlie Baker praised the hard work by the Massachusetts legislature, commenting on the “bipartisan support not commonly seen in government today,” when he signed into law the unanimously passed Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government. Though described as “weed   …Continue Reading Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?