The basic concept behind the Office of the Inspector General is that any institution, a corporation, a university, let alone the institution of government, must build into itself a mechanism for self-criticism and self-correction - John William Ward.
The Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General is the oldest state-level inspector general’s office in the nation. Established in 1981 at the recommendation of the Special Commission Concerning State and County Buildings and its Chairman, John William Ward, the Office was granted a broad mandate under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 12A to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse in government.
News and Updates
- July 2017, Vol. 23, #3, Procurement Bulletin
IN THIS ISSUE:
- A link to our new online training video, which provides an overview of Chapter 30B. More information about this free video is below.
- FAQs on emergency procurements, purchasing textbooks and other educational materials, and how to comply with Chapter 30B’s written quote process.
- A list of our newest MCPPO designees – congratulations on their achievement!
- Please note that the new MCPPO schedule is being developed and will be issued soon.
- The OIG Launches Free Online Training
Because training and education are essential to safeguarding public funds, the Office has developed a free, online instructional video entitled “Overview of Chapter 30B — The Uniform Procurement Act,” which is available on YouTube. This educational opportunity covers the basics of open, fair and competitive procurements in Massachusetts in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B (Chapter 30B).
The 30-minute video outlines which local governmental entities must follow Chapter 30B and provides an overview of the requirements for procuring goods, services and real property. The video may be used in many ways, including as a refresher for staff who do not interpret the law every day, as a foundation for new hires, or as a quick review. We invite everyone — from public officials to vendors to taxpayers — to link to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZEFfyDTy-A.
The OIG offers many additional educational opportunities through its Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official program.
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