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Tag Archives: COMMBUYS

New ITS78 Data and Cybersecurity Statewide Contract: Comprehensive Tools for Data and Network Security Posted on Oct 7

New ITS78 Data and Cybersecurity Statewide Contract: Comprehensive Tools for Data and Network Security

Given today’s dynamic cybersecurity landscape, it is essential for organizations to have plans and protections in place to secure their data and IT infrastructure, and the Operational Services Division, in collaboration with experts from around the Commonwealth, is pleased to offer comprehensive tools to address   …Continue Reading New ITS78 Data and Cybersecurity Statewide Contract: Comprehensive Tools for Data and Network Security

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.

Did you know that hurricane season kicked off on June 1? Posted on Aug 12

Did you know that hurricane season kicked off on June 1?

  Although it is unlikely that New England would be hit with a hurricane, particularly this early in the season, emergencies may occur at any time and advanced planning is prudent. Part of the Operational Services Division’s responsibility in addressing the Commonwealth’s goods and services   …Continue Reading Did you know that hurricane season kicked off on June 1?

Customized Training for Municipalities – How Revere Became COMMBUYS Enabled Posted on Jun 24

Customized Training for Municipalities – How Revere Became COMMBUYS Enabled

For the past year, the Local Government Enablement (LGE) Team has adapted to conducting all their municipal outreach remotely. In this time, the team has had the opportunity to provide specialized support to cities, towns, and other municipal organizations in a virtual format. In a   …Continue Reading Customized Training for Municipalities – How Revere Became COMMBUYS Enabled

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting: What’s the Difference? Posted on Jun 11

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting: What’s the Difference?

  With COVID-19 still very much part of our everyday experience, it is important to have information and the right products to keep our surroundings and each other safe. Along these lines, there are important distinctions to be drawn between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces   …Continue Reading Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting: What’s the Difference?

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

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

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?

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