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Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes Posted on Oct 16

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

September marks a time when daylight hours wane and the inevitability of fall and winter becomes increasingly apparent. In Massachusetts, this period is acknowledged as a time of planning and readiness: Governor Charlie Baker recently reaffirmed September as the Commonwealth’s Emergency Preparedness Month to ensure   …Continue Reading Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change Posted on Sep 13

COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

Change is hard, often demanding considerable short-term investment in pursuit of long-term gains. Take the Commonwealth’s adoption of COMMBUYS. Indisputably, its launch in March 2014 changed users’ day-to-day approach to procurement and purchasing in significant ways, requiring users to diverge from many ingrained routines. It   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS: A Conduit for Affirmative Change

Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 3 of a 3-Part Series Posted on Jun 5

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division (OSD) establishes and manages Statewide Contracts for goods and services used by Executive Departments and many other public purchasing entities. With more than 100 contracts and hundreds of thousands of items across a wide spectrum of categories, there   …Continue Reading Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 2 of a 3-Part Series Posted on Mar 28

Have you ever considered doing business with the State? The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division (OSD) establishes and manages Statewide Contracts for goods and services used by Executive Departments and many other public purchasing entities. With more than 100 contracts and hundreds of thousands   …Continue Reading Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 1 of a 3-Part Series Posted on Mar 20

Have you ever considered doing business with the State? The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division (OSD) establishes and manages Statewide Contracts for goods and services used by Executive Departments and many other public purchasing entities. With more than 100 contracts and hundreds of thousands   …Continue Reading Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 1 of a 3-Part Series

The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger Posted on Mar 12

The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger

Marilyn Moedinger came to OSD’s attention when she Tweeted about her attendance at the Pre-Certification Workshop held in Worcester on February 12. The Workshop provides a streamlined state certification process for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses and a brief introduction to COMMBUYS, the Small Business   …Continue Reading The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger

Get Ready for America Recycles Day – Tuesday, November 15! Posted on Nov 10

Get Ready for America Recycles Day - Tuesday, November 15!

America Recycles Day* is a national initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices and purchasing. Similar to the goals outlined in the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program, the day prompts consumers to learn about and take advantage of recycling opportunities and to reduce waste by   …Continue Reading Get Ready for America Recycles Day – Tuesday, November 15!

Best Value Procurement Handbook Posted on Sep 30

After months of hard work, what was called the Procurement Information Center (PIC) on the OSD website has been replaced with a simplified, searchable format called the Best Value Procurement Handbook. Highlights New content promotes using the seven steps of strategic sourcing and ties the   …Continue Reading Best Value Procurement Handbook

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial Posted on Jun 22

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

  “If not for the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), I never would have had the confidence to apply and interview for my new position at the Department of Mental Health,” gushes Brittany Anderson, a recent graduate of the Operational Services Division’s (OSD) Strategic Sourcing   …Continue Reading Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS Posted on Jun 17

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

  Are you new to the world of Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS or a seasoned procurement or purchasing professional in need of a refresher? If so, please join trainer Leslie Doughty as she leads hands-on exercises to search for contracts, vendors, and items in COMMBUYS.   …Continue Reading New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS