MA Procurement Insights

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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

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

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

November 2017 Vehicle Auctions Posted on Nov 14

From time to time, OSD offers the public the opportunity to bid on vehicles and other equipment that no longer are of use by the State. Two such opportunities will take place this month: State Police Viewing: Thursday, November 16 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Auction:   …Continue Reading November 2017 Vehicle Auctions

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

Get Ready for America Recycles Day! Posted on Nov 1

Get Ready for America Recycles Day!

Wednesday, November 15 America Recycles Day* is a national initiative to promote environmentally sustainable practices and purchasing. Similar to the goals outlined in the Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program, the day prompts consumers to learn about and take advantage of recycling opportunities and to   …Continue Reading Get Ready for America Recycles Day!