MA Procurement Insights

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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

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

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position Posted on Sep 23

SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) always looks for new ways to increase opportunities for diverse and small businesses to work with the Commonwealth. One recent advancement in this mission came about in late March when the team welcomed Rob Williams into the newly developed role   …Continue Reading SDO Invests in Diverse and Small Businesses with New Director Position

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions Posted on Jul 10

OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

As the Commonwealth’s Chief Procurement Officer, Gary Lambert, Assistant Secretary for Operational Services, along with the OSD Strategic Sourcing staff, are responsible for establishing and managing Statewide Contracts (SWC) for goods and services that meet the broad needs of the Commonwealth. This role changed considerably   …Continue Reading OSD Orchestrates Emergency PPE Airlift Missions

Commonwealth Drivers Take Notice! Posted on Mar 2

Commonwealth Drivers Take Notice!

February 23, 2020, is the effective date for the recently enacted legislation to improve road safety in the Commonwealth. Entitled An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving, the new law applies to all drivers in Massachusetts. The Operational Services Division’s Office   …Continue Reading Commonwealth Drivers Take Notice!

Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety Posted on Feb 25

Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety

When Elizabeth LaRosee became the Director of the Turner Free Library in Randolph earlier this year, one of her primary objectives was to upgrade security throughout the library. Although the building underwent a major renovation in 2016 to expand the community’s access to technology and   …Continue Reading Turner Free Library Enhances Security and Safety

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions Posted on Jun 4

Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

Two questions that buyers ask time and again regarding Statewide Contracts are: How do I confirm if a certain vendor is on a Statewide Contract? How do I determine if a particular product or service is on Contract? The Statewide Contract Index was designed to   …Continue Reading Newly Updated Statewide Contract Index: OSD Helps Answer Your Statewide Contract Questions

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond Posted on May 21

Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

A new community playground almost certainly will require a cascade of decisions based on the many components involved: site location, equipment choices, landscaping, budget, and the like. Fortunately, once a community is committed to moving forward, project planning, implementation, and even maintenance of the playground   …Continue Reading Playground Projects: Resources for Planning, Implementation, Maintenance, and Beyond

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week! Posted on Apr 26

New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

Whether your organization is incentivized through policy to choose environmentally preferable options or, ideally, you embrace these options because they make economic sense and have a reduced effect on human health and the environment, you’ll be pleased to know that learning more about these choices   …Continue Reading New Environmentally Preferable Products and Services Guide — Just in Time for Earth Week!

Which Contract – MRO or Trades? Posted on Mar 28

Which Contract - MRO or Trades?

When it comes to facilities management, buyers have two options: 1. Purchase thousands of products, supplies, and equipment through four Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Statewide Contracts, or 2. Use the four Trades contracts. Deciding which of these options to pursue boils down to whether labor will   …Continue Reading Which Contract – MRO or Trades?