OSD administers the procurement process by establishing Statewide Contracts for goods and services that ensure best value, provide customer satisfaction and support the socioeconomic and environmental goals of the Commonwealth and by providing specific operational services.
New Small Business Purchasing Program Contract Language Issued
The Operational Services Division (OSD) hereby issues the following updated Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP) language for use on all small procurements (valued between $5,000 and $150,000) conducted by Executive Agencies and those other entities that follow 801 CMR 21.00. This new language, which must be included in all small procurements, will limit the percentage that a prime bidder may subcontract to no more than 20% unless the subcontractor is also a SBPP participant. This language is effective immediately. In addition, OSD will post a Comm-PASS notification and update the quick quote template and related SBPP policies in the near future.
New SBPP Contract Language:
This is a small procurement targeted to small businesses participating in the Commonwealth's Small Business Purchasing Program (SBPP). The Department intends to evaluate bid responses from and to award a contract to a SBPP-participating business(es) who submit a bid that meets or exceeds the solicitation criteria only. Subcontracting in these types of procurements is limited to no more than 20% of the value of the contract, unless it is with another SBPP registered participant. If determined that there is inadequate SBPP capacity, or no SBPP-participating vendors provide a responsive bid, the Department will evaluate and award bid responses received from non-SBPP businesses. To determine eligibility and to participate in the SBPP, please review the requirements and general program information at www.mass.gov/sbpp.
Incidental Purchase Threshold Level Increases
Advanced Notice: The Operational Services Division (OSD) will soon issue a new policy that will revise the procurement threshold levels, including an Increase (from $5,000 to $10,000) to the Incidental Purchase Threshold Level. OSD and the Comptroller’s Office are working to finalize the impact this policy will have on the Commonwealth’s eProcurement (Comm-PASS) and accounting (MMARS) systems. The following documents from the Procurement Information Center (PIC) have been updated to reflect this upcoming policy change; however, the thresholds in these documents are not official until the new OSD policy has been issued: