Procurement Links

Procurement Assistance – The Massachusetts Office of The Inspector General:

“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, or any waste and abuse in government.

Chapter 30B Procurement Assistance

Enacted in 1990, Chapter 30B of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Uniform Procurement Act, establishes uniform same procedures for local governments to use when contracting for supplies, services, and real property. Approximately 1,500 local governmental jurisdictions in Massachusetts (cities, towns, counties, districts, regional school districts, and local authorities, including housing and redevelopment authorities) follow the procedures to award contracts worth billions of dollars each year. The Office has an extensive Chapter 30B program to assist local governments.

The Office has printed guidance, including The Chapter 30B Manual, a step-by-step resource for achieving the best value of procurements. Also, the Office produces many guides and advisories on specific topics. Periodically, the Office issues a Procurement Bulletin, which provides information on current issues and other developments of interest to procurement officials.

In addition, the Office has a Chapter 30B Team trained in public procurement that can advise you on interpreting, analyzing, and applying the provisions of Chapter 30B. To consult a Chapter 30B Team member regarding a Chapter 30B matter, please call 617-722-8838. The Chapter 30B line is not intended to be a source of legal advice. Please direct questions regarding procurement matters in litigation or in anticipation of litigation to your legal counsel. Telephone assistance is available five days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Procurement Bulletins

Over the years, the Office of the Inspector General has used the Procurement Bulletin as a means to provide procurement officials with information on topics including developments in the law, noteworthy legal cases, questions and answers about M.G.L. c. 30B, and the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official program.

We have created an index of past Procurement Bulletins for your use as a research tool. The index has been compiled to cover Procurement Bulletins from volume 6 (2000) through volume 20 (March 2014). [UPDATED APRIL 2014]

Downloading a Manual: The Office’s two manuals are available from the website for free by download. However, each time a manual is downloaded, the Office pays a chargeback fee to the Information Technology Department, which hosts our website. For that reason, we request that you download and save the manuals to your computer to access them electronically. To download the manuals, depending on your computer system, place the pointer over a link, right click (or use another method to obtain the options available for the link), and save the file or target to your local system. Once downloaded, you may open or print the file as you wish. Moreover, by downloading a document to your local system, you may be able to take advantage of internal links or bookmarks that are often useful in navigating a large document. Always remember to scan downloaded files for computer viruses before opening. You also may purchase the manual from the State Bookstore. If you need assistance in downloading any Inspector General Office publications, please feel free to contact the office at 617-727-9140.

The Chapter 30B Manual – Legal Requirements, Recommended Practices, and Sources of Advice for Procuring Supplies, Services, and Real Property, 6th Edition: Chapter 30B establishes procedures to follow for most agreements for acquisitions of supplies and services, dispositions of surplus supplies, and real property acquisitions and dispositions by local governmental bodies. Refer to the Chapter 30B Manual when you need information about procurement requirements and recommendations. The Chapter 30B Manual can be found here;

Designing and Constructing Public Facilities – Legal Requirements, Recommended Practices, Sources of Assistance, 7th Edition: Massachusetts awarding authorities are responsible for a variety of construction projects, including schools, police and fire stations, roads, bridges, and wastewater treatment plants. Refer to the Designing and Constructing Public Facilitiesmanual when you need information about requirements and recommendations for awarding construction project contracts.The Designing and Contracting Public Facilities Manual can be found here;

Procurement Handbook for Public Housing Agencies (7460.8 rev-2);

The Official Website of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) {also known as DHCD}:

Public Housing Modernization: The Bureau of Public Housing Development and Construction has the responsibility for the development, design and construction of new public housing units and the modernization of existing ones. Here is a link to various resources;

Front Ends, Procurement Forms & Contracting Requirements: If you have any questions about these documents, please call 617-573-1163.
Construction Prevailing Wage Rates:

Public Procurement Notifications Required by MGL: