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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

Bidding Best Practices Posted on Mar 2

Bidding Best Practices

  In March of 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted COMMBUYS, an e-procurement system meant to bring the state’s purchasing and procurement practices forward into the 21st century. Since its launch approximately one year ago, over 9,500* vendors have registered within COMMBUYS, which is an   …Continue Reading Bidding Best Practices

Experts Needed Posted on Jan 8

Experts Needed

          Do you have expertise related to an upcoming procurement? Would you like to have an impact on the development of a future statewide contract for commodities and/or services? If so, consider becoming part of a Strategic Sourcing Team (SST) to   …Continue Reading Experts Needed

Procurement Essentials Available through the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP) Posted on Dec 19

Procurement Essentials Available through the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP)

          Recently, 21 procurement professionals were added to a growing list of Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program graduates. Designed as a collaborative experience, this five-day program offers agency participants a myriad of opportunities to engage in rich discussions around procurement best practices   …Continue Reading Procurement Essentials Available through the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP)

COMMBUYS Market Center Celebrates Robust Activity Since Launch Posted on Nov 10

COMMBUYS Market Center Celebrates Robust Activity Since Launch

    After evaluating the procurement lifecycle from the customer perspective, OSD set a goal to strengthen the buying power of government purchasers while simultaneously increasing opportunities for the business community. To attain that goal, the Operational Services Division (OSD) launched COMMBUYS, a state-of-the-art Market   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Market Center Celebrates Robust Activity Since Launch