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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As many government employees know firsthand, working with outdated technology can limit efficiency.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

Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner Posted on Apr 14

Earth Day is April 22! With recycling possibilities on Statewide Contract, you may recycle a vast array of items and find the tools and products to develop a recycling program in your facility, including on-site visits by awarded contract vendors who will assess your organization’s   …Continue Reading Manage Your Organization’s Waste Stream in a More Sustainable Manner

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro Posted on Mar 22

From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

As soon as Terri Peznola started her new role as Purchasing Assistant with the Town of Saugus, she hit the ground running. During her first week on the job in September of 2016, she registered for the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) offered   …Continue Reading From New MCPPO to COMMBUYS Pro

Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team! Posted on Mar 7

OSD consistently looks for Department and Municipal buyers to participate on a Strategic Sourcing Services Team (SSST) and play an integral role in developing a new Statewide Contract. Team members engage in a variety of activities, including needs identification, writing/developing the RFR and specifications, bid   …Continue Reading Join a Strategic Sourcing Services Team!

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open! Posted on Feb 23

MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

Exhibitor registration for the 19th Annual MASSBUYS EXPO is now open! The 2017 MASSBUYS EXPO is being held on April 26-27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts – home of five-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots! We hope Statewide Contractors share our excitement   …Continue Reading MASSBUYS XIX Exhibitor Registration Open!

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts Posted on Jan 11

Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts

OSD has developed a resource that may assist cities and towns who are signatories to the Commonwealth Community Compact and have elected to implement the Year 2 Best Practice Initiative(s). OSD is responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts for use by Massachusetts public purchasers.   …Continue Reading Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices Crosswalk to Statewide Contracts