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New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE Posted on Jan 14

New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE

Andrew O’Leary’s bet paid off. About two years ago, he reviewed the procurement processes in place for New Bedford Public Schools and determined that adopting the use of OSD’s Statewide Contracts (SWC) and COMMBUYS made better sense for his organization. Because of this decision, Andrew   …Continue Reading New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency Posted on Dec 29

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

On November 2, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation entitled, “An Act to Elevate the Supplier Diversity Office to Ensure Equal Opportunity in State Contracting,” which establishes the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) as a separate state agency under the authority of the Executive Office for Administration   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education Posted on Dec 10

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

Since the state’s initial shutdown in March due to COVID-19, Massachusetts school districts have needed to perform a delicate balancing act, choosing among a continuum of teaching models with full in-person and remote approaches at opposing ends of the spectrum. Behind the scenes, the Department   …Continue Reading COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential Posted on Jun 23

Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential

Businesses registered in COMMBUYS should take steps to maximize its potential by maintaining an up-to-date profile, attending training, and exploring all avenues to learn about bid opportunities. Here are a few tips: COMMBUYS Seller Administrators should review the business’ profile once a year, at a   …Continue Reading Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential

OSD Vendor Training Continues with Remote Format Posted on Apr 16

OSD Vendor Training Continues with Remote Format

Despite our current state of emergency due to COVID-19, the Operational Services Division (OSD) Training team is still training and vendor attendance has exceeded expectations! Understanding that in-person workshops and training courses are on pause during the stay-at-home advisory, the OSD Training team has been   …Continue Reading OSD Vendor Training Continues with Remote Format

OSD New Training Webinars for Buyers Posted on Apr 16

OSD New Training Webinars for Buyers

Despite our current state of emergency due to COVID-19, the OSD Training team is still training! Understanding that in-person workshops and training courses are on pause during the stay-at-home advisory, the OSD Training team has been hard at work transitioning many of our buyer courses   …Continue Reading OSD New Training Webinars for Buyers

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