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Commonwealth Contract Forms Revised Posted on Jan 3

Commonwealth Contract Forms Revised

Effective October 25, 2019, several contract forms have changed: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract Form, Instructions, and Contractor Certifications; Commonwealth Terms and Conditions; and Commonwealth Terms and Conditions for Health and Human Services. These forms are jointly issued and published by the Executive Office for   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Contract Forms Revised

Massachusetts Procurement Practices Spotlighted in Governing Magazine: Commonwealth Climbs to #3 Spot in Ranking of State Procurement Offices Posted on Dec 31

Massachusetts Procurement Practices Spotlighted in Governing Magazine: Commonwealth Climbs to #3 Spot in Ranking of State Procurement Offices

STATE OF PROCUREMENT: Five Trends That Are Reshaping How Governments Buys Governing Magazine recently published the results of an in-depth review of state procurement practices around the country, information gathered by Governing Institute via survey late last year. Massachusetts’ procurement methodologies, managed by the Operational Services   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Procurement Practices Spotlighted in Governing Magazine: Commonwealth Climbs to #3 Spot in Ranking of State Procurement Offices

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond Posted on May 21

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

A new community playground almost certainly will require a cascade of decisions based on the many components involved: site location, equipment choices, landscaping, budget, and the like. Fortunately, once a community is committed to moving forward, project planning, implementation, and even maintenance of the playground   …Continue Reading Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources Posted on Mar 22

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham Posted on Jan 31

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

The Town of Needham has made wide use of the state’s Trades contracts over the last two years. Buildings in Needham, including the Town Hall, school facilities, and the Needham Public Library, have been the beneficiary of various Statewide Contract Trades services – plumbing, HVAC,   …Continue Reading Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals Posted on Jan 3

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

With the start of the new year, now’s a perfect time to think about professional development goals for 2019. For those involved in purchasing and procurement, our course on conducting successful procurements, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), should be top on your list of   …Continue Reading Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

“COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business” Posted on Nov 20

"COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business"

At a recent networking event for small businesses, OSD staff had the opportunity to connect with the manager of an IT company on Statewide Contract. In the interest of fairness, we are not identifying this company by name; however, we would like to share their   …Continue Reading “COMMBUYS Changed the Way We Do Business”

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