MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Category Archives: Local Government

Step Right Up! Posted on Jun 30

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent more than $1.4 billion on goods and services available on Statewide Contract. Is it the right time for you to go for a slice of that pie? Join the Operational Services Division and local government purchasing and procurement   …Continue Reading Step Right Up!

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro Posted on Mar 22

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

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

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts Posted on Jan 11

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

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

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

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!

Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns Posted on Oct 11

Dedicated Customer Service Makes an Impact on MA Cities & Towns

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

Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success Posted on Sep 21

Neighbor-to-Neighbor: Working Together to Achieve Procurement Success

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

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready? Posted on Aug 15

Municipal Modernization: Are You Ready?

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?

COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket Posted on Mar 22

COMMBUYS Adoption One Year Later: Town of Nantucket

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

An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government Posted on Feb 2

An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government

  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