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2021 Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge Posted on Apr 22

2021 Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge

The MassEVolves Program and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Leading by Example program have partnered to issue a special 2021 Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge. This voluntary challenge spotlights electric vehicle (EV) acquisitions, offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate leadership, and helps state entities gain   …Continue Reading 2021 Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge

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

EPP Procurement Program Issues Annual Report for FY20 Posted on Mar 9

EPP Procurement Program Issues Annual Report for FY20

The Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) Procurement Program, administered by the Operational Services Division, recently issued its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020 which reviews the Commonwealth’s progress related to the implementation of Executive Order 515: Establishing an Environmental Purchasing Policy. The report summarizes important achievements   …Continue Reading EPP Procurement Program Issues Annual Report for FY20

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

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency Posted on Dec 29

Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

On November 2, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation entitled, “An Act to Elevate the Supplier Diversity Office to Ensure Equal Opportunity in State Contracting,” which establishes the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) as a separate state agency under the authority of the Executive Office for Administration   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Office Elevated to State Agency

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

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19 Posted on Nov 4

Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

For most of us, acquiring a new vehicle is a major decision, one that often begins with retiring a current vehicle and determining how the new one will be utilized. For an organization facing a new vehicle purchase, the process generally is similar, but it   …Continue Reading Vehicle Acquisitions: New Considerations with COVID-19

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying? Posted on Oct 15

Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?

Back-to-school purchasing may look a little different this year, but school districts are learning to stretch budgets in new ways as the need for in-person, online, and hybrid learning supplies continues. Since announcing the DESE K-12 Health Safety Supply/PPE Program in July, OSD has experienced   …Continue Reading Back-to-School Purchasing: What are Schools Buying?