What Policies and Regulations Govern the Use of Statewide Contracts?
- The State Procurements and Administrative Functions 801 CMR 21.00 sets forth the rules that Executive Branch State Departments must follow when purchasing commodities and services, including Human and Social Services. See Section 21.06 (4)(e) for the relevant EPP regulations.
- The Procurement Information Center is managed by OSD and covers the regulations and process details surrounding the procurement of both commodities and services, including the purchase of human and social services. It follows the logical procurement sequence from the planning stages of conducting the procurement to awarding contracts and managing contract performance.
- Environmental Specifications and guidelines on how to incorporate them into a Request for Response are also included in the Handbook cited above, as well as an appendix on requirements, additional information and an optional form titled Additional Environmentally Preferable Products / Practices that can be used to solicit environmental information when issuing bid responses.
- OIG Procurement Bulletin (pg 3): Chapter 30B is the regulation that governs municipal purchases and is overseen and enforced by the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (OIG). In the March, 1998 OIG Procurement Bulletin article referenced in this first link, buying recycled products (and other EPPs) is permissible under Chapter 30B, "… even if similar non-recycled products are available at a lower price." To obtain more information about Chapter 30B regulations, visit the website of the Massachusetts Inspector General .