Who may use Statewide Contracts?

Executive Departments are required to use the Operational Services Division's Statewide Contracts for their purchases of goods and services. Many other public and quasi-public entities in the Commonwealth also are eligible.

Below is a complete list of the types of organizations generally allowed to use OSD's Statewide Contracts.  Some Statewide Contracts may be open to additional organizations, and some are more restricted in usage.

  • 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 of Massachusetts
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Public purchasing cooperatives
  • Non-profit, UFR-certified organizations that are doing business with the Commonwealth
  • Other states and territories with no prior approval by the State Purchasing Agent
  • Other entities when designated in writing by the State Purchasing Agent

Buyer Information

Benefits to utilizing OSD's State Contracts

OSD's 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, while providing best value for your organization and Massachusetts taxpayers.

  • Save Time - By using the Operational Services Division's Statewide Contracts, there is no need to invest valuable time developing solicitations, issuing bids, evaluating responses, and executing contracts. OSD has negotiated the pricing (or required competitive quotes), selected the appropriate vendors, and outlined the services the vendors perform relative to the contract. We've done the work to bring the best value/best price to the contracts, so you may forgo this step in the process. Local government purchasers should be aware that purchases made from SWCs procured through the Operational Services Division meet the requirements of M.G.L. c. 30B (1)(c). Users must comply with use guidelines provided for each SWC. For 30B questions, contact the Office of the Inspector General.  
  • Save Money - OSD's Statewide Contracts are intended to leverage the Commonwealth's aggregate purchasing power by driving down costs and ensuring favorable contract terms and conditions. OSD ensures that all Statewide Contracts comply with prevailing wage requirements, as applicable, regardless of the dollar amount.
  • Environmentally Preferable Products (EPPs) - EPPs are products and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products or services that serve the same purpose. Many of the products on Statewide Contract have been chosen because of their reduced impact on the environment. 

Seller Information

Once a Statewide Contractor has signed a SWC, the potential market for their commodities and services is extensive. The following information is provided as a resource for statewide contractors to be able to identify and to reach out to potential customers.

State Government

Here is an alphabetical list of all Massachusetts agencies. All of these agencies may use SWCs, but only Executive Departments are required to use them if the goods/services they seek are available on a SWC. To see just the Executive Departments, view the websites for each of the Executive Offices listed here to see which Executive Departments are located within each Executive Office.

City and Town Local Official Directory

The Division of Local Services online directory provides addresses and contact information for officials in Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. It is not necessary to log in to view the information. Officials listed vary from one municipality to another, but may include the city clerk, data processing, accounting and budget staff, as well as a variety of other roles.

Detailed Information on Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Department of Education's website provides detailed information on public elementary and secondary schools, including address and contact information. It is maintained by the Department of Education.

Massachusetts State Colleges and Universities

This web page, maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, contains links to all public higher education campuses in the Commonwealth.

Non-Profit Purchasing Programs

This web page contains a list of human and social service contractors eligible to buy goods and services from the Statewide Contracts.  A second list of additional approved non-profit organizations is also included.   

Local Housing Authority Listing

This website provides a list of over 200 local Housing Authorities from across the Commonwealth.

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