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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

The Rocky “B” Begins Her Third Sea Tour Posted on Nov 13

The Rocky "B" Begins Her Third Sea Tour

The City of Lynn is celebrating an addition to their Fire Department: a nearly 20-year-old boat newly christened the “Rocky B” in honor of Rocco M. Brienzo, a beloved longtime member of the Lynn Fire Department, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year. The   …Continue Reading The Rocky “B” Begins Her Third Sea Tour

Meet OSD’s Summer 2019 Interns Posted on Aug 20

Meet OSD's Summer 2019 Interns

Since implementing a summer intern program in 2017, the Operational Services Division (OSD) has had the privilege of hosting 17 students focused on building solutions to business problems from the ground up. These were not your typical intern assignments of “getting coffee,” data entry, or   …Continue Reading Meet OSD’s Summer 2019 Interns

Meet OSD’s State Surplus Property Office and Office of Vehicle Management Teams Posted on Aug 5

Meet OSD's State Surplus Property Office and Office of Vehicle Management Teams

Alex Giannantonio, Director of Fleet Policy and Administration for OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM), also oversees the State Surplus Property Office (SSPO) and the Surplus Property Program (SPP) — one of OSD’s most popular programs, according to website analytics. The SSPO manages the disposal,   …Continue Reading Meet OSD’s State Surplus Property Office and Office of Vehicle Management Teams

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition Posted on Jul 1

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

When your day-to-day activities revolve around the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles – like they do for OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) staff – employing industry best practices and standard operating procedures are vital. Although OVM’s responsibility is for the 3,500 assets that fall   …Continue Reading Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

Meet the OSD Training Team…literally Posted on Jun 12

Meet the OSD Training Team...literally

Are you a vendor? Perhaps you’re considering state certification as a tool to increase your business’ marketability. Maybe you’re new to the idea of doing business with state government and want to learn more. Have you set up a COMMBUYS business profile to access state bids and   …Continue Reading Meet the OSD Training Team…literally

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions Posted on Jun 4

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

Two questions that buyers ask time and again regarding Statewide Contracts are: How do I confirm if a certain vendor is on a Statewide Contract? How do I determine if a particular product or service is on Contract? The Statewide Contract Index was designed to   …Continue Reading Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing Posted on May 29

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

OSD recently welcomed five new Contract Managers to the Sourcing Department, so you will notice some new names on our Contract User Guides. Our newest Sourcing members come with a wealth of experience that includes procurement, contract and project management, and related industry knowledge. Meet the New Contract   …Continue Reading New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

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