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Meet the OSD Training Team...literally

Meet the OSD Training Team…literally posted on Jun 12

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

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

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

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing posted on May 29

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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?

Which Contract – MRO or Trades? posted on Mar 28

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

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

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

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation posted on Mar 14

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

Managing COMMBUYS Email Notifications posted on Mar 7

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