MA Procurement Insights

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Tag Archives: Purchasing from Statewide Contracts

OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects Posted on Oct 6

OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects

OSD was fortunate to have five stellar interns join our staff during the summer of 2017. Working on various projects across many OSD business units, these interns tackled some tough issues plaguing our traditional systems and processes. Read more about each of our fantastic interns,   …Continue Reading OSD Interns Impress Staff with Summer Projects

Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies Posted on Sep 29

Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies

In conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) National Preparedness Month, Governor Charlie Baker declared September as Emergency Preparedness Month for the Commonwealth. This month is the designated time to plan for safety during droughts, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, wildfires, and other disasters. Fortunately, by   …Continue Reading Use Statewide Contracts to Prepare for Emergencies

Opportunities for Professional Development Posted on Sep 15

Now that the dust has settled from the start of the new fiscal year, it’s time to think about the goals you have this year. All public purchasers are encouraged to attend the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP) hosted by the Operational Services Division. This   …Continue Reading Opportunities for Professional Development

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration Posted on Aug 22

City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

Led by Purchasing Agent Kathryn Logan, the City of Quincy’s purchasing team quickly has become a shining example of how to use OSD’s services to maximize municipal efficiency and engage a community. As of August 16, 2017, the City has spent more than $4.7 million in COMMBUYS, and has purchased   …Continue Reading City of Quincy: A Commitment to Municipal Efficiency & Collaboration

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Posted on Jul 24

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program

The Operational Services Division has revamped the COMMBUYS Hall of Fame Program to make it more inclusive and also to incorporate a broader array of activities that are representative of successful COMMBUYS implementation. Among others, the new COMMBUYS Loyalty Program will acknowledge catalog ordering, transacting   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Loyalty Program

Step Right Up! Posted on Jun 30

In Fiscal Year 2016, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent more than $1.4 billion on goods and services available on Statewide Contract. Is it the right time for you to go for a slice of that pie? Join the Operational Services Division and local government purchasing and procurement   …Continue Reading Step Right Up!

Financial Incentives for State Entities through Clean Energy Grants Posted on Jun 21

Financial Incentives for State Entities through Clean Energy Grants

The Leading by Example (LBE) Program at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) works collaboratively across state government and public higher education to meet aggressive clean energy targets for the Commonwealth. In support of their program, DOER has announced three state grants for clean energy and alternative transportation. State Entities Vehicle Fleet Efficiency Grant   …Continue Reading Financial Incentives for State Entities through Clean Energy Grants

Award Bestowed for Supporting Environmentally-Friendly Furniture Choices Posted on May 30

Award Bestowed for Supporting Environmentally-Friendly Furniture Choices

During their annual meeting on May 9 in Denver, Colorado, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) met to recognize individuals and organizations whose initiatives have advanced the mission of the SPLC organization – to advocate for environmental, social, and economic improvements through sustainable purchasing. OSD is   …Continue Reading Award Bestowed for Supporting Environmentally-Friendly Furniture Choices

OSD Welcomes India Delegation Posted on May 25

OSD Welcomes India Delegation

On Friday, April 28, the Operational Services Division welcomed senior procurement officials from India’s State Government of Maharashtra to our offices in Boston. As part of the United States Trade and Development Agency’s (USTDA) Global Procurement Initiative, the group of officials participated in a study   …Continue Reading OSD Welcomes India Delegation

The Value of Cross-Agency Collaboration Posted on Apr 28

As many government employees know firsthand, working with outdated technology can limit efficiency. To combat this, agencies must find collaborative, creative, and cost-efficient solutions to persistent problems. In one such example, members of OSD were asked last October to participate in a cross-agency initiative with   …Continue Reading The Value of Cross-Agency Collaboration