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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

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19 Posted on Nov 4

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

For most of us, acquiring a new vehicle is a major decision, one that often begins with retiring a current vehicle and determining how the new one will be utilized. For an organization facing a new vehicle purchase, the process generally is similar, but it   …Continue Reading Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying? Posted on Oct 15

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?

Back-to-school purchasing may look a little different this year, but school districts are learning to stretch budgets in new ways as the need for in-person, online, and hybrid learning supplies continues. Since announcing the DESE K-12 Health Safety Supply/PPE Program in July, OSD has experienced   …Continue Reading Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position Posted on Sep 23

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) always looks for new ways to increase opportunities for diverse and small businesses to work with the Commonwealth. One recent advancement in this mission came about in late March when the team welcomed Rob Williams into the newly developed role   …Continue Reading SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

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

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions Posted on Jul 10

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

As the Commonwealth’s Chief Procurement Officer, Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, along with the OSD Strategic Sourcing staff, are responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts (SWC) for goods and services that meet the broad needs of the Commonwealth. This role changed considerably   …Continue Reading OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

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