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OSD Statutory Authority, Regulations, Executive Orders and Policies

Below is a list of applicable statutes, regulations and executive orders that form the basis for OSD’s oversight of each of these functional areas as well as the related policies:
Overall Statutory Authority:
The Mass General Law that creates the Operational Services Division and its procurement/sourcing, collective purchasing, surplus property, printing/reprographic and vehicle oversight authority. MGL c. 7, § 4A
Purchase of supplies and equipment; rules and regulations; duties of state purchasing agent MGL c. 7, § 22
Collective purchasing by commonwealth and political subdivisions MGL c. 7, § 22A
Requirements for doing business in Northern Ireland MGL c. 7, § 22C
Preferential procurement of products or services within the commonwealth MGL c. 7, § 22O
Preference for products grown in or produced from products grown in the commonwealth MGL c. 7, § 23B
The Mass General Law that creates a Standardization Board MGL c. 7, § 26
Travel-related services; purchase coordination MGL c. 7, § 27A
Consultants; employment and compensation; legislative reports MGL c. 29, § 29A
Utility expenses of commonwealth; recoupment of overcharges MGL c. 29, § 29G
Purchasing of goods, supplies, equipment and services for state departments MGL c. 30, § 51
Approval of purchases MGL c. 30, § 52
Purchase of articles made by blind persons for use in state and other public institutions MGL c. 6, § 134
Procurement of Commodities or Services, Including Human and Social Services - sets forth the rules that executive branch departments must use when purchasing commodities and services, including human and social services. 801 CMR 21.00
Executive Order Establishing Nutrition Standards for Food Purchased and Served by State Agencies Executive Order 509
Establishing an Environmental Purchasing Policy Executive Order 515
Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Executive Department Procurements and Establishing a Municipal Procurement Program Executive Order 533
Eliminating the Purchase by the Executive Department of Single-Use Plastic Bottles Executive Order 619
OSD's Procurement Policies, Procedures and Forms:

Single-Use Plastics Advisory from Gary Lambert

EO 619 FAQs for Executive Departments

EO 619 FAQs for Municipalities and Other Eligible Organizations

Single-Use Plastic Bottle Procurement Justification Form

Statewide Contract Resources for Emergencies

8/10/2023 Emergency Contract Usage

CLM Compliance FAQs

Best Value Procurement Handbook

Secretariat CPO Compliance Executive Summary 

Close Bid Option

Quarterly Compliance Communication to Exec CPOs - Nov. 2023

12/21/22 Compliance Advisory: Complete Procurement Records


June 16, 2021 Compliance Advisory


OSD Forms

Best Value Evaluation of Responses to Small Procurements: A Guide for Strategic Sourcing Teams

Best Value Evaluation of SDP Plan Forms: A Guide for Strategic Sourcing Teams

OSD Appeal Procedure for Human and Social Service Procurements

Links to Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Resources for Goods and Services Procurements

Supplier Diversity Office

Supplier Diversity Office Statutory Authority, Regulations, Executive Orders and Policies

Program Resources for Departments

OSD's Division of Purchased Services:
  • Office of Audit and Quality Assurance; and
  • Special Education Pricing
Bureau of purchased services; responsibilities; pricing methods; appeals; audits; rules and regulations MGL c. 7, § 22N
Contracts with organizations providing social, etc., services MGL c. 29, § 29B
Compliance, Reporting and Auditing for Human and Social Services - sets forth compliance, reporting and auditing requirements for human and social service programs purchased by state departments, as well as private special education programs subject to OSD's pricing. 808 CMR 1.00 file size 1MB
Office of Audit and Quality Assurance webpage and policies and procedures: Office of Audit and Quality Assurance
Special Education Pricing webpage, including policies and forms: Special Education Pricing
State Printing:
State purchasing agent; examination of printing bills MGL c. 7, § 15
Expenditures for documents; approval; filing; sales MGL c. 7, § 29
Surplus Property:
State agency for surplus property; duties. MGL c. 7, § 4L
Purchase of supplies and equipment; rules and regulations; duties of state purchasing agent MGL c. 7, § 22
Transfer of supplies between state agencies; approval of amount purchased. MGL c. 7, § 25A
Disposition of Surplus State Property (Personal) - insures that the Commonwealth realizes the maximum benefit from surplus personal property by regulating the manner of handling such property. 802 CMR 3.00 
Surplus Property Program Policies and Procedures Surplus Property Program
Office of Vehicle Management:
State passenger vehicles and light duty pickup trucks; regulations governing use; report; personal use prohibited. MGL c. 7, § 9A
Motor vehicles owned by commonwealth; use and marking; regulations and restrictions, enforcement; transfer. MGL c. 30, § 36
Office of Vehicle Management's Policies and Procedures OVM Policies and Procedures 
Electric Vehicle First Acquisition Policy  EV First Acquisition Policy
Electric Vehicle First Acquisition Policy Guidance OSD Policy Guidance 23-02
Fleet Rightsizing Notice Fleet Rightsizing Notice

Contact   for OSD Statutory Authority, Regulations, Executive Orders and Policies


(617) 727-4527


One Ashburton Place, Room 1608, Boston, MA 02108-1552

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