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Category Archives: Local Government

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover Posted on Aug 20

New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

When Theresa (Terri) Peznola transitioned to her new job as Purchasing Agent in the Town of Andover, she brought her experience and extensive knowledge of COMMBUYS with her. Having successfully implemented COMMBUYS in the Town of Saugus, she was eager to duplicate the time and   …Continue Reading New Purchasing Agent Brings COMMBUYS to Andover

Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard Posted on Jul 6

Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is adding six new Blue Bird school buses to their district’s fleet following a series of productive conversations with Anderson Motors, Inc., a new vendor in a new category on the VEH98 Purchase of Vehicles Statewide Contract. The purchase is in line with   …Continue Reading Six New School Buses — Destination: the Vineyard

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards Posted on Jan 26

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative - Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Cities and towns, as well as some Executive Departments, have been seeking guidance to safely clean up and dispose of used syringes that increasingly have been found in Massachusetts communities. The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), whose mission includes protecting workers’ safety and health   …Continue Reading Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District Posted on Oct 30

Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District

In December 2017, Paul Fox will celebrate his one-year anniversary of becoming the Director of Facilities at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Since starting, Paul has brought a fresh outlook and enthusiasm to his role as buyer for the department. “When I began, I was new to the function and didn’t have   …Continue Reading Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration Posted on Aug 22

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

Led by Purchasing Agent Kathryn Logan, the City of Quincy’s purchasing team quickly has become a shining example of how to use OSD’s services to maximize municipal efficiency and engage a community. As of August 16, 2017, the City has spent more than $4.7 million in COMMBUYS, and has purchased   …Continue Reading City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

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!