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The Value of Cross-Agency Collaboration posted on Apr 28

As many government employees know firsthand, working with outdated technology can limit efficiency. To combat this, agencies must find collaborative, creative, and cost-efficient solutions to persistent problems. In one such example, members of OSD were asked last October to participate in a cross-agency initiative with   …Continue Reading The Value of Cross-Agency Collaboration

Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner posted on Apr 14

Earth Day is April 22! With recycling possibilities on Statewide Contract, you may recycle a vast array of items and find the tools and products to develop a recycling program in your facility, including on-site visits by awarded contract vendors who will assess your organization’s   …Continue Reading Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner

Supplier Diversity Office: FY2016 Year in Review posted on Mar 31

On February 17, 2017, the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2016. The report included highlights of initiatives that were undertaken at the directive of Governor Baker, who signed Executive Order 565, Reaffirming and Expanding the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Program   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office: FY2016 Year in Review

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro posted on Mar 22

As soon as Terri Peznola started her new role as Purchasing Assistant with the Town of Saugus, she hit the ground running. During her first week on the job in September of 2016, she registered for the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) offered   …Continue Reading From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program posted on Mar 17

Beginning April 3, 2017, MassDEP will accept applications for its annual Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), offering grants to cities, towns, and regional entities for a variety of waste reduction and recycling activities, as well as qualified Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) purchases. In 2016, SMRP   …Continue Reading Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program

Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team! posted on Mar 7

OSD consistently looks for Department and Municipal buyers to participate on a Strategic Sourcing Services Team (SSST) and play an integral role in developing a new Statewide Contract. Team members engage in a variety of activities, including needs identification, writing/developing the RFR and specifications, bid   …Continue Reading Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team!

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open! posted on Feb 23

Exhibitor registration for the 19th Annual MASSBUYS EXPO is now open! The 2017 MASSBUYS EXPO is being held on April 26-27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts – home of five-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots! We hope Statewide Contractors share our excitement   …Continue Reading MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification posted on Feb 16

What’s easier than parallel parking, remembering a password, or filing your taxes? Finding out if your business qualifies for a Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certification! Gone are the days of wondering how to start the process of becoming a certified diverse business. With the introduction   …Continue Reading New Web Tool Takes the Guesswork Out of Supplier Certification

Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program

Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program posted on Feb 10

As Superintendent of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project (BCMCP), Chris Horton spends his days conducting fieldwork in Western Massachusetts. One of 11 control districts in the Commonwealth, BCMCP is charged with mapping and finding solutions to mosquito breeding in Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond,   …Continue Reading Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program

Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You posted on Feb 2

Think your firm might be considered a diverse business? Check out these upcoming classes throughout the Commonwealth to learn about becoming certified and responding to bids! Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth Designed for businesses interested in learning how to do business with the State,   …Continue Reading Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You