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Category Archives: COMMBUYS

OSD QA Program Changes Posted on Sep 9

OSD QA Program Changes

The Operational Services Division (OSD) revised and updated the OSD Quality Assurance (QA) Program to ensure that Executive Departments’ procurement files are accurately captured and maintained in COMMBUYS. These changes went into effect on July 1. The QA Program is a key element in the   …Continue Reading OSD QA Program Changes

Statewide Contract Product and Services Guide for PPE & Other COVID-19 Related Resources Posted on May 21

Statewide Contract Product and Services Guide for PPE & Other COVID-19 Related Resources

  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other coronavirus-related resources cut across numerous Statewide Contracts, and the Operational Services Division has developed a guide to help buyers navigate their COVID-19 purchasing choices. The Statewide Contract Product and Services Guide for PPE & Other COVID-19 Related Resources   …Continue Reading Statewide Contract Product and Services Guide for PPE & Other COVID-19 Related Resources

Sourcing Team Member Drives Significant Contract Usage Posted on Apr 7

Sourcing Team Member Drives Significant Contract Usage

Understanding the current market and tapping into industry expertise is a vital component to building contracts that serve our buyer communities. Expertise shared by Executive Departments and local government entities through Strategic Sourcing Team (SST) participation helps the state identify the best product and services   …Continue Reading Sourcing Team Member Drives Significant Contract Usage

OSD Staff Recognized with Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award Posted on Mar 22

OSD Staff Recognized with Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award

OSD Staff Recognized with Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award  for Excellence in Public Service Each year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the efforts of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. This year, 15 employees from the Operational Services Division were honored to be among   …Continue Reading OSD Staff Recognized with Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award

Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS Posted on Feb 11

Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS

Since March, Commonwealth Print Services (CPS) has swiftly fulfilled orders for organizations across the Commonwealth to assist in public health campaigns related to COVID-19. CPS is called upon to print, copy, and deliver the signage and materials that inform communities about testing sites; mask compliance   …Continue Reading Public Health Initiatives Across Commonwealth Aided by CPS

New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE Posted on Jan 14

New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE

Andrew O’Leary’s bet paid off. About two years ago, he reviewed the procurement processes in place for New Bedford Public Schools and determined that adopting the use of OSD’s Statewide Contracts (SWC) and COMMBUYS made better sense for his organization. Because of this decision, Andrew   …Continue Reading New Bedford School District Parlays COMMBUYS Training to Obtain PPE

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education Posted on Dec 10

COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

Since the state’s initial shutdown in March due to COVID-19, Massachusetts school districts have needed to perform a delicate balancing act, choosing among a continuum of teaching models with full in-person and remote approaches at opposing ends of the spectrum. Behind the scenes, the Department   …Continue Reading COVID-19 and DESE’s Role in Massachusetts Public Education

School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors Posted on Sep 9

School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors

Recognizing that equipping children and staff with the appropriate safety supplies is but one aspect of schools’ safe reopening requirements, DESE has been working with OSD to ensure school districts have immediate access to facilities operations technical assistance services through a Statewide Contract. The newly   …Continue Reading School Building Design and Operations Consulting Services Several vendors

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources Posted on Aug 4

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

The Operational Services Division continues to work with our COMMBUYS software provider to enhance our buyer and vendor user experience. To that end, numerous enhancements were implemented effective August 3, 2020: Navigation enhancements to help buyers and procurement managers more easily locate documents within the portal;   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential Posted on Jun 23

Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential

Businesses registered in COMMBUYS should take steps to maximize its potential by maintaining an up-to-date profile, attending training, and exploring all avenues to learn about bid opportunities. Here are a few tips: COMMBUYS Seller Administrators should review the business’ profile once a year, at a   …Continue Reading Vendors: Maximize COMMBUYS’ Potential