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From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro Posted on Mar 22

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

As soon as Terri Peznola started her new role as Purchasing Assistant with the Town of Saugus, she hit the ground running. During her first week on the job in September of 2016, she registered for the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) offered   …Continue Reading From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Posted on Mar 17

Beginning April 3, 2017, MassDEP will accept applications for its annual Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), offering grants to cities, towns, and regional entities for a variety of waste reduction and recycling activities, as well as qualified Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) purchases. In 2016, SMRP   …Continue Reading Municipal Grants Offered through MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery Program

Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team! Posted on Mar 7

OSD consistently looks for Department and Municipal buyers to participate on a Strategic Sourcing Services Team (SSST) and play an integral role in developing a new Statewide Contract. Team members engage in a variety of activities, including needs identification, writing/developing the RFR and specifications, bid   …Continue Reading Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team!

Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program Posted on Feb 10

Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program

As Superintendent of the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project (BCMCP), Chris Horton spends his days conducting fieldwork in Western Massachusetts. One of 11 control districts in the Commonwealth, BCMCP is charged with mapping and finding solutions to mosquito breeding in Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond,   …Continue Reading Western MA Agency Expands Operations Using Federal Surplus Property Program

COMMBUYS Corner Posted on Jan 26

COMMBUYS Corner

The COMMBUYS application was recently updated, making available a new bid posting option. Buyers now may decide to disable the option to collect Unit Cost, instead requiring interested bidders to provide pricing details via Quote Attachment. New Bid Posting Option for Buyers Buyers electing to   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Corner

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts Posted on Jan 11

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

OSD has developed a resource that may assist cities and towns who are signatories to the Commonwealth Community Compact and have elected to implement the Year 2 Best Practice Initiative(s). OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers.   …Continue Reading Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success! Posted on Dec 20

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

In response to Governor Baker’s August 9 announcement of the Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, the Operational Services Division (OSD) developed a municipal outreach program to share related procurement information and resources with Massachusetts communities. OSD’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) event series, hosted in cities   …Continue Reading Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is a Success!

Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview Posted on Nov 29

If someone described the process of doing business with the state as being “extremely easy to navigate,” you may not believe him at first. But the more you talk with David Kelly, Senior Solutions Consultant at Valora Technologies, the more you start to believe him.   …Continue Reading Inside the IT Small Business Incubator: Vendor Interview

COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM Posted on Nov 17

COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM

With another $100,000,000 purchased in COMMBUYS, we have new COMMBUYS Hall of Fame winners. Congratulations to one and all!   Individual who placed the order in COMMBUYS that pushed us over the $600MM mark Meaghan Hencir Department of Fire Services Order for $3,100 under FAC77   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Winners at $600MM