MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2019

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

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation Posted on Mar 14

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to advance business opportunities for small and diverse businesses through various Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) programs available through the Operational Services Division. As documented in the most recent SDO Comprehensive Annual Report, the Commonwealth spent more than $2.04 billion with   …Continue Reading Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications Posted on Mar 7

Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications

Email is a workplace standard, with many of us devoting significant time tending to the messages in our inboxes. It seems that we receive more emails every day, which opens the possibility of missing critical messages. As a COMMBUYS user, buyer or vendor, it’s possible that you   …Continue Reading Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure Posted on Mar 1

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

There are several incentive programs designed to advance the use of clean energy vehicles and expand related infrastructure through grants and rebates. These incentives, available to a wide audience, are allocated on a first come, first served basis and deadlines may apply. Settlement-Funded Grant &   …Continue Reading Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham Posted on Jan 31

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

The Town of Needham has made wide use of the state’s Trades contracts over the last two years. Buildings in Needham, including the Town Hall, school facilities, and the Needham Public Library, have been the beneficiary of various Statewide Contract Trades services – plumbing, HVAC,   …Continue Reading Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Doing Business with the State Posted on Jan 14

Doing Business with the State

Are you a COMMBUYS registered vendor or other business interested in working with the state? If so, you should know about one of our popular vendor training courses: Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth. This free class reviews the state’s goods and services procurement process,   …Continue Reading Doing Business with the State