MA Procurement Insights

The Official Blog of the Massachusetts Operational Services Division

Yearly Archives: 2015

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints: Line Items & Quotes Posted on Aug 26

COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints: Line Items & Quotes

  Help Desk Hints offers solutions to your COMMBUYS conundrums. In this first segment, the Help Desk staff offers a few pointers for buyers creating bid line items, and for vendors creating quotes and editing line items.  We hope this information will enable vendors to   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Help Desk Hints: Line Items & Quotes

Public Auction of State Vehicles This Week Posted on Aug 4

Public Auction of State Vehicles This Week

Is a previously-owned vehicle in your future? From time to time, the Operational Services Division (OSD) offers the general public the opportunity to bid on vehicles that no longer are of use by the State. Two such opportunities will be held later this week through   …Continue Reading Public Auction of State Vehicles This Week

What You Should Know about the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) Posted on Jul 30

What You Should Know about the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM)

Overseeing the Commonwealth’s Executive Branch fleet of over 2,700 light-duty vehicles is the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM). OVM sets the policies and procedures followed by Executive Branch Departments to ensure State vehicles are allocated, operated, marked, efficiently and economically maintained and repaired, and in compliance   …Continue Reading What You Should Know about the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM)

Recognizing Diversity in State Spending Posted on Jun 25

Recognizing Diversity in State Spending

  On June 12, 2015, the Operational Services Division (OSD) hosted a Recognition Ceremony and luncheon at the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the efforts of 54 Executive Agencies in promoting supplier diversity in state spending. These agencies represent the visible and continued success of   …Continue Reading Recognizing Diversity in State Spending

Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS Posted on May 27

Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS

COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth’s eProcurement system, is home to more than just contracts and bidding opportunities. Funding often is available to municipalities in the form of grants, which also live in the COMMBUYS Market Center as bid opportunities. While many municipalities have registered in COMMBUYS with   …Continue Reading Find Funding through Grants in COMMBUYS

MASSbuys 2015 Wrap-up Posted on May 13

MASSbuys 2015 Wrap-up

  The Operational Services Division (OSD) invited vendors and purchasing agents from across the Commonwealth (and beyond) to “meet us at the Market Center” for the MASSbuys EXPO, which was held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 30. This annual event, which celebrated   …Continue Reading MASSbuys 2015 Wrap-up

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD Posted on May 5

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

  Executing Statewide Contracts, managing the COMMBUYS Market Center, issuing supplier diversity certifications, and implementation of the Small Business Purchasing Program are a few of the initiatives which the Operational Services Division (OSD) oversees on a daily basis. While each initiative has staff dedicated to   …Continue Reading The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence Posted on Apr 2

COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence

  One year after the Operational Services Division (OSD) launched the COMMBUYS Market Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ e-procurement system has seen more than 3,000 bids posted, more than 11,000 orders issued, and approximately 10,000 registered vendors.* The OSD Enablement Team has been traveling around   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Adoption Case Study: City of Lawrence

MASSbuys EXPO 2015: Meet Me at the Market Center Posted on Mar 20

MASSbuys EXPO 2015: Meet Me at the Market Center

  From ancient Greece to modern-day Massachusetts, the market traditionally has been an important component of society. Translating directly to “gathering place,” the Greek agora was both a political and commercial center, where citizens would gather and merchants would sell their wares. Much like the   …Continue Reading MASSbuys EXPO 2015: Meet Me at the Market Center