MA Procurement Insights

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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.

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?

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

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