OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers. Leveraging the more than $1 billion in goods and services purchased by the Commonwealth each year, OSD negotiates contracts with vendors that provide best value for its customers.
Communities that follow MGL Chapter 30B may purchase from OSD Statewide Contracts per MGL Chapter 7, Section 22A, and MGL Chapter 30B, Section 1(c). Many communities currently use Statewide Contracts because doing so allows them to forgo the time and cost of conducting their own MGL Chapter 30B procurements and because the Commonwealth’s purchasing power is reflected in Statewide Contract pricing and other value-added discounts and benefits.
You are encouraged to consider Statewide Contracts as you implement the Best Practices category/categories your community has adopted. To assist in this regard, we have developed a Crosswalk that aligns most of the Best Practice categories to the applicable Statewide Contracts. The Crosswalk contains links to the Contract User Guides, which provide specific instructions for contract use, including solicitation of quotes and use of required forms. The RFR and other contract information, which are available on COMMBUYS – the Commonwealth’s online procurement platform, provide additional detail to assist in purchasing from the contract.
Please be aware that your community does not have to be COMMBUYS-enabled to take advantage of the Statewide Contracts pricing and other benefits. Be certain to include the Statewide Contract number on your purchase order/requisition and advise the vendor that you are ordering from a Statewide Contract. Always refer to the Contract User Guide to ensure that you are using the contract in the proper manner.
If you should have questions about Statewide Contracts, please contact the Strategic Sourcing/Procurement Manager whose contact information may be found in each Contract User Guide. If you require information regarding COMMBUYS, including registration assistance and/or set up, please contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or COMMBUYS@state.ma.us
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