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Tag Archives: Purchasing from Statewide Contracts

MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet Posted on Jul 22

MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet

In fall 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency that ensures clean air, land, and water, was preparing its fleet renewal orders when the absence of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs)  was noticed at the most senior level. Commissioner Martin Suuberg   …Continue Reading MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition Posted on Jul 1

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

When your day-to-day activities revolve around the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles – like they do for OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) staff – employing industry best practices and standard operating procedures are vital. Although OVM’s responsibility is for the 3,500 assets that fall   …Continue Reading Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

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

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

MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings Posted on May 3

MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of airport operations, but clearing and maintaining vegetation in and around airport property is essential to prevent them from becoming obstructions or hazards to airport operations. This spring, 10 public-use airports around Massachusetts,   …Continue Reading MassDOT’s Initiative to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Noise and Reap Long-term Savings

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

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure Posted on Mar 1

Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

There are several incentive programs designed to advance the use of clean energy vehicles and expand related infrastructure through grants and rebates. These incentives, available to a wide audience, are allocated on a first come, first served basis and deadlines may apply. Settlement-Funded Grant &   …Continue Reading Financial Incentives Embrace Clean Energy Vehicles, Infrastructure

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