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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

Supplier Diversity Program and Small Business Purchasing Program Changes Take Effect. Posted on Aug 26

Supplier Diversity Program and Small Business Purchasing Program Changes Take Effect.

On June 28, the Operational Services Division (OSD) and the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) issued a joint policy memorandum that introduced new policies for the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) and Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) and Guidance for Evaluating Large and Small Procurements, which took   …Continue Reading Supplier Diversity Program and Small Business Purchasing Program Changes Take Effect.

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

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores Posted on Jul 8

FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

The Operational Services Division (OSD) recently reopened Statewide Contract FAC105 Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Retail Products and Supplies, providing an opportunity for local hardware stores to participate in state contracting and making it more convenient for public buyers to access MRO products and supplies through Statewide Contract. The FAC105 bid   …Continue Reading FAC105 Statewide Contract Reopened to Add Local Hardware Stores

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources Posted on Mar 22

Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Technology is woven into our daily workflow so, not surprisingly, OSD fields a good number of questions about using Statewide Contracts for technology projects. Particularly since the advent of An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government in November 2016 – which raised construction procurement   …Continue Reading Statewide Contracts and Applicable Construction Laws: General Guidance and Resources

Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 2 of a 3-Part Series Posted on Mar 28

Have you ever considered doing business with the State? The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Operational Services Division (OSD) establishes and manages Statewide Contracts for goods and services used by Executive Departments and many other public purchasing entities. With more than 100 contracts and hundreds of thousands   …Continue Reading Is Statewide Contracting Right for You? Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

November 2017 Vehicle Auctions Posted on Nov 14

From time to time, OSD offers the public the opportunity to bid on vehicles and other equipment that no longer are of use by the State. Two such opportunities will take place this month: State Police Viewing: Thursday, November 16 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Auction:   …Continue Reading November 2017 Vehicle Auctions

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update Posted on Nov 3

COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update

Training Data Included in the New Standings COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results have been tabulated through September 30, 2017, and – for the first time – we’ve included training details for the preceding five quarters. Check out your COMMBUYS Loyalty Program results and see how you   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Loyalty Program Update

Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District Posted on Oct 30

Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District

In December 2017, Paul Fox will celebrate his one-year anniversary of becoming the Director of Facilities at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Since starting, Paul has brought a fresh outlook and enthusiasm to his role as buyer for the department. “When I began, I was new to the function and didn’t have   …Continue Reading Enthusiasm for Statewide Contracts Saves Time & Money for School District

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