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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

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation Posted on Mar 14

Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to advance business opportunities for small and diverse businesses through various Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) programs available through the Operational Services Division. As documented in the most recent SDO Comprehensive Annual Report, the Commonwealth spent more than $2.04 billion with   …Continue Reading Steps toward Supplier Diversity Office Affiliation

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham Posted on Jan 31

Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

The Town of Needham has made wide use of the state’s Trades contracts over the last two years. Buildings in Needham, including the Town Hall, school facilities, and the Needham Public Library, have been the beneficiary of various Statewide Contract Trades services – plumbing, HVAC,   …Continue Reading Trades Contracts Coming in Handy in Needham

Doing Business with the State Posted on Jan 14

Doing Business with the State

Are you a COMMBUYS registered vendor or other business interested in working with the state? If so, you should know about one of our popular vendor training courses: Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth. This free class reviews the state’s goods and services procurement process,   …Continue Reading Doing Business with the State

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals Posted on Jan 3

Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

With the start of the new year, now’s a perfect time to think about professional development goals for 2019. For those involved in purchasing and procurement, our course on conducting successful procurements, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), should be top on your list of   …Continue Reading Add Our Sourcing Course to Your 2019 Professional Development Goals

OSD Program Nationally Recognized Posted on Oct 23

OSD Program Nationally Recognized

The Operational Services Division’s Local Government Enablement (LGE) team recently was recognized for its innovative programs supporting municipal procurement at the 2018 National Association of State Procurement Officials’ (NASPO) Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. LGE Account Manager, Patricia Burke, accepted the Silver Cronin Award   …Continue Reading OSD Program Nationally Recognized

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