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
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
OSD has developed a resource that may assist cities and towns who are signatories to the Commonwealth Community Compact and have elected to implement the Year 2 Best Practice Initiative(s). OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers. …Continue Reading Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts
In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!
When a municipality in Massachusetts uses COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s electronic market center, they not only receive access to Statewide Contract (SWC) pricing and streamlined purchasing; they’re also given an unparalleled level of support every step of the way. The stories below highlight some of the …Continue Reading Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns
Throughout the fall, join your neighbors, the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, and OSD to learn procurement best practices, including how to: Prepare for the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the new law streamlining municipal procurement, effective November 7 Comply with Chapter …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success
On Tuesday, August 9, Governor Charlie Baker praised the hard work by the Massachusetts legislature, commenting on the “bipartisan support not commonly seen in government today,” when he signed into law the unanimously passed Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government. Though described as “weed …Continue Reading Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?
From streamlined purchasing to competitive pricing, COMMBUYS offers numerous benefits to price-conscious municipalities. In February 2015, the COMMBUYS Enablement Team and OSD Trainers traveled to the Town of Nantucket to provide buyer training. In April, the Town went live in using COMMBUYS for all Statewide …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket
For municipalities, using Statewide Contracts (SWCs) can help save time and money. By using SWCs, municipalities do not need to invest valuable time developing solicitations, issuing bids, evaluating responses, and executing contracts. OSD has negotiated the pricing, selected the appropriate vendors, and outlined the …Continue Reading An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government
Local government buyers have increasingly been reaching out to the Operational Services Division (OSD) about the availability of naloxone on Statewide Contract. As you may know, naloxone, the generic version of Narcan®, is a medication to reverse the effects of overdoses from heroin or …Continue Reading Availability of Naloxone (Narcan®) through Statewide Contract