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Category Archives: Statewide Contracts

Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS Posted on Feb 11

Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS

Since March, Commonwealth Print Services (CPS) has swiftly fulfilled orders for organizations across the Commonwealth to assist in public health campaigns related to COVID-19. CPS is called upon to print, copy, and deliver the signage and materials that inform communities about testing sites; mask compliance   …Continue Reading Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS

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

New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment Posted on Aug 26

New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment

Have you ever wondered what the environmental impact of your business’s day-to-day operations might be? A new video from OSD’s Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Programs takes viewers through the simple purchasing decisions that go into reducing the environmental and public health impact of state   …Continue Reading New Video: Introduction to Sustainable Purchasing- Improving Public Health and the Environment

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

Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety Posted on Feb 25

Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety

When Elizabeth LaRosee became the Director of the Turner Free Library in Randolph earlier this year, one of her primary objectives was to upgrade security throughout the library. Although the building underwent a major renovation in 2016 to expand the community’s access to technology and   …Continue Reading Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety

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

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores Posted on Jul 8

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

The Operational Services Division (OSD) recently reopened Statewide Contract FAC105 Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Retail Products and Supplies, providing an opportunity for local hardware stores to participate in state contracting and making it more convenient for public buyers to access MRO products and supplies through Statewide Contract. The FAC105 bid   …Continue Reading FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores