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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

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

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

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

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources Posted on Aug 4

COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

The Operational Services Division continues to work with our COMMBUYS software provider to enhance our buyer and vendor user experience. To that end, numerous enhancements were implemented effective August 3, 2020: Navigation enhancements to help buyers and procurement managers more easily locate documents within the portal;   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Enhancements: Get the Details and Find Training Resources

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