MA Procurement Insights

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Tag Archives: Purchasing from Statewide Contracts

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

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

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

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?

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!

MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet Posted on Jul 22

MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet

In fall 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency that ensures clean air, land, and water, was preparing its fleet renewal orders when the absence of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs)  was noticed at the most senior level. Commissioner Martin Suuberg   …Continue Reading MassDEP Walks the Walk with a Greener Fleet

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition Posted on Jul 1

Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

When your day-to-day activities revolve around the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles – like they do for OSD’s Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) staff – employing industry best practices and standard operating procedures are vital. Although OVM’s responsibility is for the 3,500 assets that fall   …Continue Reading Office of Vehicle Management: Lessons Learned for Vehicle Management and Acquisition

Meet the OSD Training Team…literally Posted on Jun 12

Meet the OSD Training Team...literally

Are you a vendor? Perhaps you’re considering state certification as a tool to increase your business’ marketability. Maybe you’re new to the idea of doing business with state government and want to learn more. Have you set up a COMMBUYS business profile to access state bids and   …Continue Reading Meet the OSD Training Team…literally