MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2018

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season Posted on Dec 11

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

Regular maintenance of vehicles under management is important year-round but even more so as we approach the New England winter season which can test transportation reliability. OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM), the unit responsible for the acquisition, administration, leasing, maintenance, and repair of the   …Continue Reading Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Season

Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS Posted on Nov 20

Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS is home to more than just contracts and bidding opportunities – Massachusetts state agencies and other public entities post grants in COMMBUYS. Here are two approaches to learning about these opportunities: Get Notified When Grants Are Posted Municipalities and other eligible buyer entities may   …Continue Reading Find Grant Funding in COMMBUYS

“COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business” Posted on Nov 20

"COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business"

At a recent networking event for small businesses, OSD staff had the opportunity to connect with the manager of an IT company on Statewide Contract. In the interest of fairness, we are not identifying this company by name; however, we would like to share their   …Continue Reading “COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business”

OSD Program Nationally Recognized Posted on Oct 23

OSD Program Nationally Recognized

The Operational Services Division’s Local Government Enablement (LGE) team recently was recognized for its innovative programs supporting municipal procurement at the 2018 National Association of State Procurement Officials’ (NASPO) Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. LGE Account Manager, Patricia Burke, accepted the Silver Cronin Award   …Continue Reading OSD Program Nationally Recognized

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes Posted on Oct 16

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

September marks a time when daylight hours wane and the inevitability of fall and winter becomes increasingly apparent. In Massachusetts, this period is acknowledged as a time of planning and readiness: Governor Charlie Baker recently reaffirmed September as the Commonwealth’s Emergency Preparedness Month to ensure   …Continue Reading Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

OSD’s Vehicle Auctions Continue In-Person and Online Posted on Sep 28

It was a busy summer for OSD’s State Surplus Property Office. Over the course of three months, the office hosted four vehicle auctions at various locations in Massachusetts. These events attracted hundreds of registered bidders, including car dealers, auto parts and repair professionals, and members   …Continue Reading OSD’s Vehicle Auctions Continue In-Person and Online

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change Posted on Sep 13

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

Change is hard, often demanding considerable short-term investment in pursuit of long-term gains. Take the Commonwealth’s adoption of COMMBUYS. Indisputably, its launch in March 2014 changed users’ day-to-day approach to procurement and purchasing in significant ways, requiring users to diverge from many ingrained routines. It   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover Posted on Aug 20

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

When Theresa (Terri) Peznola transitioned to her new job as Purchasing Agent in the Town of Andover, she brought her experience and extensive knowledge of COMMBUYS with her. Having successfully implemented COMMBUYS in the Town of Saugus, she was eager to duplicate the time and   …Continue Reading New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources Posted on Aug 10

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

When you engage an FAC86 Statewide Contract Vendor to handle your organization’s solid waste disposal needs, you’ve taken a strategic first step toward ensuring best value for your organization, knowing that the contract was negotiated using the Commonwealth’s significant buying power and contracting expertise. But   …Continue Reading Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

Non-Profit Organization Saves Money and Maximizes Resources by attending the MASSBUYS EXPO Posted on Jul 31

Non-Profit Organization Saves Money and Maximizes Resources by attending the MASSBUYS EXPO

The 2018 MASSBUYS EXPO provided an opportunity for attendees from the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc. (GLCAC Inc.) to explore new vendor options for the 25-plus programs they offer to their community. New Procurement Coordinator, Julie Holmes, and longtime CFO (and faithful MASSBUYS attendee), Rick   …Continue Reading Non-Profit Organization Saves Money and Maximizes Resources by attending the MASSBUYS EXPO