MA Procurement Insights

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Category Archives: Procurement

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

Operational Services Division Acknowledged for Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Choices Posted on Jun 2

Operational Services Division Acknowledged for Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Choices

  The Operational Services Division’s (OSD) efforts to broaden and promote the availability of environmentally preferable purchasing options in Massachusetts Statewide Contracts (SWC) recently were recognized by two sustainable purchasing leadership organizations: the Green Electronic Council (GEC) and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC). EPEAT   …Continue Reading Operational Services Division Acknowledged for Fostering Sustainable Purchasing Choices

Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study Posted on Feb 23

Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study

The February 17th article featured in Governing Magazine, Purchase Power: A Special Report on State Procurement, outlines the results of a nationwide survey focused on state procurement practices and takes the stance that effective procurement methodologies are fundamental to state governments achieving spending efficiencies. Massachusetts’   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Approach to Procurement Highlighted in Nationwide Study

Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption Posted on Jan 11

Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption

  Like anything else that’s new and worthwhile, COMMBUYS adoption has taken time and has required users to embrace change. Since COMMBUYS’ implementation in March 2014, many organizations have demonstrated resourcefulness and determination in their adoption of COMMBUYS. The Operational Services Division (OSD) applauds these   …Continue Reading Buyers Support COMMBUYS Adoption

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers Posted on Oct 19

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints - UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

The Operational Services Division (OSD) uses United Nations Standard Products and Services Codes (UNSPSC), a global products and services classification system, to categorize goods and services in the COMMBUYS Market Center. Purchasers use these codes when posting bids and vendors select UNSPSCs as part of   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints – UNSPSC Look-Up Tool: A Resource for Buyers and Sellers

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff Posted on Sep 10

FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

  Within OSD, the Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program works to integrate environmentally preferable specifications into Statewide Contracts to help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, protect public health, and promote the use of clean technologies, recycled materials, and less toxic products. As part   …Continue Reading FAC85 Statewide Contract Kickoff

COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement Posted on Sep 1

  While Grant postings are nothing new to COMMBUYS, announcing and finding these funding opportunities has never been easier with the introduction of a new COMMBUYS-specific UNSPSC commodity code (00-00-00) for Grants!* Going forward, grantor agencies will be using this UNSPSC code to clearly identify   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Grants Enhancement