MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2019

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores Posted on Jul 8

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

The Operational Services Division (OSD) recently reopened Statewide Contract FAC105 Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Retail Products and Supplies, providing an opportunity for local hardware stores to participate in state contracting and making it more convenient for public buyers to access MRO products and supplies through Statewide Contract. The FAC105 bid   …Continue Reading FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition Posted on Jul 1

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

When your day-to-day activities revolve around the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles – like they do for OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) staff – employing industry best practices and standard operating procedures are vital. Although OVM’s responsibility is for the 3,500 assets that fall   …Continue Reading Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

Meet the OSD Training Team…literally Posted on Jun 12

Meet the OSD Training Team...literally

Are you a vendor? Perhaps you’re considering state certification as a tool to increase your business’ marketability. Maybe you’re new to the idea of doing business with state government and want to learn more. Have you set up a COMMBUYS business profile to access state bids and   …Continue Reading Meet the OSD Training Team…literally

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions Posted on Jun 4

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

Two questions that buyers ask time and again regarding Statewide Contracts are: How do I confirm if a certain vendor is on a Statewide Contract? How do I determine if a particular product or service is on Contract? The Statewide Contract Index was designed to   …Continue Reading Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing Posted on May 29

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

OSD recently welcomed five new Contract Managers to the Sourcing Department, so you will notice some new names on our Contract User Guides. Our newest Sourcing members come with a wealth of experience that includes procurement, contract and project management, and related industry knowledge. Meet the New Contract   …Continue Reading New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond Posted on May 21

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

A new community playground almost certainly will require a cascade of decisions based on the many components involved: site location, equipment choices, landscaping, budget, and the like. Fortunately, once a community is committed to moving forward, project planning, implementation, and even maintenance of the playground   …Continue Reading Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings Posted on May 3

MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of airport operations, but clearing and maintaining vegetation in and around airport property is essential to prevent them from becoming obstructions or hazards to airport operations. This spring, 10 public-use airports around Massachusetts,   …Continue Reading MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week! Posted on Apr 26

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

Whether your organization is incentivized through policy to choose environmentally preferable options or, ideally, you embrace these options because they make economic sense and have a reduced effect on human health and the environment, you’ll be pleased to know that learning more about these choices   …Continue Reading New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

Which Contract – MRO or Trades? Posted on Mar 28

Which Contract - MRO or Trades?

When it comes to facilities management, buyers have two options: 1. Purchase thousands of products, supplies, and equipment through four Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Statewide Contracts, or 2. Use the four Trades contracts. Deciding which of these options to pursue boils down to whether labor will   …Continue Reading Which Contract – MRO or Trades?

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources Posted on Mar 22

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources