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Which Contract – MRO or Trades? Posted on Mar 28

Which Contract - MRO or Trades?

When it comes to facilities management, buyers have two options: 1. Purchase thousands of products, supplies, and equipment through four Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Statewide Contracts, or 2. Use the four Trades contracts. Deciding which of these options to pursue boils down to whether labor will   …Continue Reading Which Contract – MRO or Trades?

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources Posted on Mar 22

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes Posted on Oct 16

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

September marks a time when daylight hours wane and the inevitability of fall and winter becomes increasingly apparent. In Massachusetts, this period is acknowledged as a time of planning and readiness: Governor Charlie Baker recently reaffirmed September as the Commonwealth’s Emergency Preparedness Month to ensure   …Continue Reading Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources Posted on Aug 10

Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

When you engage an FAC86 Statewide Contract Vendor to handle your organization’s solid waste disposal needs, you’ve taken a strategic first step toward ensuring best value for your organization, knowing that the contract was negotiated using the Commonwealth’s significant buying power and contracting expertise. But   …Continue Reading Maximize Recycling, Minimize Costs with State-backed Resources

The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger Posted on Mar 12

The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger

Marilyn Moedinger came to OSD’s attention when she Tweeted about her attendance at the Pre-Certification Workshop held in Worcester on February 12. The Workshop provides a streamlined state certification process for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses and a brief introduction to COMMBUYS, the Small Business   …Continue Reading The SDO Certification Journey of Marilyn Moedinger

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards Posted on Jan 26

Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative - Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

Cities and towns, as well as some Executive Departments, have been seeking guidance to safely clean up and dispose of used syringes that increasingly have been found in Massachusetts communities. The Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS), whose mission includes protecting workers’ safety and health   …Continue Reading Safe Drug Paraphernalia Cleanup Initiative – Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards

OSD Staff Lead by Example Posted on Dec 19

OSD Staff Lead by Example

On November 30, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognized three OSD staff members for their outstanding energy and environmental efforts at the 2017 Leading by Example (LBE) awards ceremony. Alex Giannantonio (Director of Fleet Policy and Administration), Cheryl Cushman (Deputy Fleet Administrator), and Karen Rasnick (Lease   …Continue Reading OSD Staff Lead by Example

Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event Posted on Dec 1

Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event

Get an Overview of the Day Express Interest in Attending Next Year! Feedback from buyers attending the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event in Sturbridge on November 7 was overwhelmingly positive, pointing to informative breakout sessions and productive time spent with Statewide Contractors. Kathy Reilly, Deputy Assistant   …Continue Reading Praise for the Second Annual State Fall Fleet Event

OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year Posted on Nov 20

OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year

On October 20, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) recognized OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office with the Community Partner of the Year award. This accolade acknowledges an organization that supports the growth and expansion of CWE, which provides opportunities for women in business to increase   …Continue Reading OSD’s Supplier Diversity Office Named Community Partner of the Year

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update Posted on Nov 3

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update

Training Data Included in the New Standings COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results have been tabulated through September 30, 2017, and – for the first time – we’ve included training details for the preceding five quarters. Check out your COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results and see how you   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update