Commonwealth Executive Departments
All Commonwealth Executive Departments are mandated to use COMMBUYS for their procurement and purchasing needs. To compete for contracts and to conduct business with the State, businesses must be registered in COMMBUYS as vendors. Additionally, Commonwealth municipalities are able to adopt COMMBUYS for bidding, contracting, and shopping from contracts, including Statewide Contracts (SWCs).
Additional Resources for Commonwealth Executive Departments
The Local Government Enablement Team: Bringing COMMBUYS to Your City or Town
COMMBUYS bridges the connection between vendors and municipal organizations across Massachusetts. Use the COMMBUYS online platform to buy from Statewide Contracts (SWC) and streamline purchasing and procurement activities.
The Local Government Enablement Team is a resource for municipal organizations. Team members regularly visit with municipal decision makers around the Commonwealth to explain SWC products and services and help organizations leverage COMMBUYS to simplify their purchasing and procurement processes. Tap into everything OSD offers through the Local Government Enablement Team.
Statewide Contracts offer state-negotiated pricing and other tangible benefits, such as prompt pay discounts, bulk purchase pricing, and extended warranties. Utilizing Statewide Contracts can save you time and money, providing best value for your community and Massachusetts taxpayers.
Exclusive Benefits through Statewide Contracts:
- VEH98 Purchase of Light Duty Vehicles – Passenger Cars, SUVs, Trucks, Vans, SSVs and PPVs: Every vehicle is delivered with three sets of keys, a full tank of gas, and license plates;
- ITC66 Copiers, Printers, and Related Devices: Minimum 1-hour onsite user training, 4-hour service response time, and a lemon clause that provides 36 months of protection against repeated failures (4 incidents in 4 weeks or recurring related problems);
- PRF59 Card Processing Services: The vendors on this contract establish merchant accounts to assist with credit and debit card acceptance, merchant services, and certification on the web, IVR, point of sale, kiosk, and mobile channels; provide competitive per-item rates and convenience fee program rates; support complete end-to-end reporting; and provide technical support of the payment system. Entities do not need staff to maintain the system.
The Office of the Inspector General has provided the following guidance: purchases made from SWCs procured through the Operational Services Division are exempt from the requirements of 30B. M.G.L. c. 30B (1)(c) allows municipal entities to purchase products or services from SWCs without seeking bids or quotations. Users must comply with use guidelines provided for each SWC. For 30B questions, contact the Office of the Inspector General.
Additional Resources for Local Governments
Massachusetts government departments, a segment of the Commonwealth’s public purchasing community, spend more than $1 billion annually on a vast array of goods and services. Other buyers include:
•Cities, towns, districts, counties and other political subdivisions
•Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, including all departments and elected offices therein
•Independent public authorities, commissions, and quasi-public agencies
•Local public libraries, public school districts, and charter schools
•Public hospitals owned by the Commonwealth
•Public institutions of higher education
•Public purchasing cooperatives
•Non-profit, UFR-certified organizations that are doing business with the Commonwealth, pursuant to the Purchase of Service Providers