MA Procurement Insights

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Yearly Archives: 2020

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency Posted on Dec 29

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

On November 2, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation entitled, “An Act to Elevate the Supplier Diversity Office to Ensure Equal Opportunity in State Contracting,” which establishes the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) as a separate state agency under the authority of the Executive Office for Administration   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education Posted on Dec 10

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

Since the state’s initial shutdown in March due to COVID-19, Massachusetts school districts have needed to perform a delicate balancing act, choosing among a continuum of teaching models with full in-person and remote approaches at opposing ends of the spectrum. Behind the scenes, the Department   …Continue Reading COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19 Posted on Nov 4

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

For most of us, acquiring a new vehicle is a major decision, one that often begins with retiring a current vehicle and determining how the new one will be utilized. For an organization facing a new vehicle purchase, the process generally is similar, but it   …Continue Reading Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying? Posted on Oct 15

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?

Back-to-school purchasing may look a little different this year, but school districts are learning to stretch budgets in new ways as the need for in-person, online, and hybrid learning supplies continues. Since announcing the DESE K-12 Health Safety Supply/PPE Program in July, OSD has experienced   …Continue Reading Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position Posted on Sep 23

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) always looks for new ways to increase opportunities for diverse and small businesses to work with the Commonwealth. One recent advancement in this mission came about in late March when the team welcomed Rob Williams into the newly developed role   …Continue Reading SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors Posted on Sep 9

School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors

Recognizing that equipping children and staff with the appropriate safety supplies is but one aspect of schools’ safe reopening requirements, DESE has been working with OSD to ensure school districts have immediate access to facilities operations technical assistance services through a Statewide Contract. The newly   …Continue Reading School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors

New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment Posted on Aug 26

New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment

Have you ever wondered what the environmental impact of your business’s day-to-day operations might be? A new video from OSD’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Programs takes viewers through the simple purchasing decisions that go into reducing the environmental and public health impact of state   …Continue Reading New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources Posted on Aug 4

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

The Operational Services Division continues to work with our COMMBUYS software provider to enhance our buyer and vendor user experience. To that end, numerous enhancements were implemented effective August 3, 2020: Navigation enhancements to help buyers and procurement managers more easily locate documents within the portal;   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions Posted on Jul 10

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

As the Commonwealth’s Chief Procurement Officer, Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, along with the OSD Strategic Sourcing staff, are responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts (SWC) for goods and services that meet the broad needs of the Commonwealth. This role changed considerably   …Continue Reading OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

Commonwealth Print Services Helping the Commonwealth Re-Open Posted on Jun 29

Commonwealth Print Services Helping the Commonwealth Re-Open

Commonwealth Print Services (CPS), the full-service in-house print shop available to all agencies, municipalities, and the public is ready to help you prepare for a safe and successful re-opening. CPS has the signage designs required by the Baker-Polito Administration’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces guidance   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Print Services Helping the Commonwealth Re-Open