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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

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

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week! Posted on Apr 26

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

Whether your organization is incentivized through policy to choose environmentally preferable options or, ideally, you embrace these options because they make economic sense and have a reduced effect on human health and the environment, you’ll be pleased to know that learning more about these choices   …Continue Reading New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

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