In 1997, the office created the MCPPO program. Since then, over 6,000 participants consisting of town, city and state employees, as well as members of the private sector, have attended MCPPO courses and presentations. The MCPPO program fulfills a significant need for expertise and professionalism in public procurement. In addition to teaching participants about procurement, contracting, and ethics laws, the MCPPO program provides practical recommendations to assist public officials in implementing best practices in their own jurisdictions. The program encompasses seminars and courses that will benefit a wide range of public officials, including anyone with responsibility for public procurement, contracting for public works and building projects, contract management or oversight, or auditing in Massachusetts, such as:
- Procurement officials and staff
- School business officials and staff
- Public works directors and staff
- Housing authority officials
- Architects and engineers performing public work
- Contracting officers; and
- Department heads and staff
Vendors have also attended seminars to develop a better understanding of the procurement process and improve their ability to compete and meet jurisdiction's needs.
The program has been developed in consultation with public purchasing officials, including members of the Massachusetts Public Purchasing Officials Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials, and the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association.