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OVM Advice for Vehicle Management and New Vehicle Acquisition Posted on Jan 13

OVM Advice for Vehicle Management and New Vehicle Acquisition

Plan early, have patience, and be able to pivot is the advice offered by the Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) to Executive Department fleet managers seeking to purchase new vehicles. The supply chain disruptions affecting the vehicle manufacturing process are profound, resulting in scaled-back production   …Continue Reading OVM Advice for Vehicle Management and New Vehicle Acquisition

OSD Training Resources for Current and Prospective Vendors Posted on Dec 1

OSD Training Resources for Current and Prospective Vendors

Whether you are a long-time Statewide Contract vendor or simply considering doing business with the state, you are welcome to attend OSD’s free vendor training classes.   For Existing Statewide Contract Vendors Vendors who have been awarded a contract with the state are expected to conduct   …Continue Reading OSD Training Resources for Current and Prospective Vendors

Procurated Program Expanded Posted on Nov 17

Procurated Program Expanded

The Operational Services Division’s partnership with Procurated began in May 2020 with the launch of a pilot program that included two highly used Statewide Contracts (SWCs) – Office Supplies and Facilities, Maintenance, and Repairs (MRO). Due to the success of the pilot, the Massachusetts Procurated   …Continue Reading Procurated Program Expanded

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?

Reminders About Transferring Surplus Property Posted on Jul 29

Reminders About Transferring Surplus Property

As part of the Operational Services Division (OSD), the State Surplus Property Office (SSPO) is responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s surplus property. This is accomplished by providing resources to assist a variety of audiences in the transfer or disposal of surplus property, whether helping organizations relinquish   …Continue Reading Reminders About Transferring Surplus Property

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

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

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