MA Procurement Insights

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FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores Posted on Jul 8

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

The Operational Services Division (OSD) recently reopened Statewide Contract FAC105 Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Retail Products and Supplies, providing an opportunity for local hardware stores to participate in state contracting and making it more convenient for public buyers to access MRO products and supplies through Statewide Contract. The FAC105 bid   …Continue Reading FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

Meet the OSD Training Team…literally Posted on Jun 12

Meet the OSD Training Team...literally

Are you a vendor? Perhaps you’re considering state certification as a tool to increase your business’ marketability. Maybe you’re new to the idea of doing business with state government and want to learn more. Have you set up a COMMBUYS business profile to access state bids and   …Continue Reading Meet the OSD Training Team…literally

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing Posted on May 29

New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

OSD recently welcomed five new Contract Managers to the Sourcing Department, so you will notice some new names on our Contract User Guides. Our newest Sourcing members come with a wealth of experience that includes procurement, contract and project management, and related industry knowledge. Meet the New Contract   …Continue Reading New Faces in Strategic Sourcing

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

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

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

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

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