Pennsylvania Department of General Services

Pennsylvania Department of General Services At DGS, our mission is to help government operate more efficiently, effectively, and safely – delivering exceptional value for all Pennsylvanians.​

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PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part: 😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home↔️ stay at lea...
11/05/2020

PA—together we can stop the spread of #COVID19. Please do your part:
😷 wear a cloth mask when leaving home
↔️ stay at least 6 feet from others not in your household
👋 wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
➡️PA.gov/COVID

Because COVID-19 is so contagious, it takes all of us to stop the spread.

This virus spreads through the air, and it only takes one person to create community-wide infection.

Please avoid crowds and keep your distance, wear masks in public, and practice good health habits.

November is National Caregivers Appreciation Month! Whether caregiving is your career, or it has become your role becaus...
11/03/2020

November is National Caregivers Appreciation Month!

Whether caregiving is your career, or it has become your role because of a loved one, the COSTARS team thanks you for all you do. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers many support resources (https://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/caregiver-support/Pages/Caregivers-of-Adults.aspx) to family caregivers.

⭐️For organizations providing services to our seniors like adult daycare centers, senior community centers, and long-term care facilities, COSTARS offers member organizations competitive pricing for the procurement of goods and services.

Interested in becoming a member? Visit https://www.dgs.pa.gov/COSTARS/Member-Information/Pages/default.aspx for more information on member benefits.

10/29/2020
Pennsylvania Department of Health

Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others not in your household + practice these healthy habits to #StoptheSpread of #COVID19:
🧼 wash hands often
🙅 avoid touching face
🧽 clean + disinfect frequently used surfaces
🏠 stay home if feeling sick

Wearing a cloth face mask CORRECTLY can help prevent spread of COVID-19 to others:
✅ be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ be sure you can breathe through it
✅ wash hands before putting mask on
✅ wash hands after removing mask
✅ wash mask after each use

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10am EST to learn how COSTARS alleviates the bother of going through th...
10/27/2020

Please join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10am EST to learn how COSTARS alleviates the bother of going through the lengthy formal bidding process so you are able to focus on negotiations in order to secure the best value for your spend.

In this FREE webinar, you will learn about COSTARS member resources to make procurement more efficient! We will remove the mystery of COSTARS and Statewide contract searches to allow you to effortlessly find the ideal supplier for your project!

Register today at https://www.dgs.pa.gov/COSTARS/Pages/Effective-and-Efficient-Procurement.aspx

#procurement #webinar #contract

Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others not in your household + practice these healthy habits to stop the spr...
10/21/2020

Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others not in your household + practice these healthy habits to stop the spread of COVID-19:
🧼 wash hands often
🙅 avoid touching face
🧽 clean + disinfect frequently used surfaces
🏠 stay home if feeling sick

More info at PA.gov/covid

Help protect those in your community from COVID-19. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and stay home when sick.

The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania is hosting an IT #Procurement Update virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 29 f...
10/20/2020
Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania - Doing Business with the Commonwealth of PA: IT Procurement Update 2020

The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania is hosting an IT #Procurement Update virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Technology suppliers are invited to join members of the PA DGS and the Office of Administration to discuss business opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

💻 The virtual event’s topics will include information on supplier registration with the commonwealth, bidding on COSTARS-exclusive and statewide contracts, new contract updates as well as process and program updates within BOP, emergency procurement, the new goal-setting program by the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity (BDISBO), and how to engage IT delivery centers in 2020/2021.

Technology vendors who have not registered for this event are welcome to register. Participation in this virtual event is free for TCCP members. There is a $25 registration fee for non-members of TCCP.

🎫To register, visit: https://lnkd.in/dTvwwVV

10/15/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Here's how the COVID Alert PA works to help us stop the spread. More info at: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa.

Download the COVID Alert PA mobile app and help your community fight the spread of COVID-19.

Details: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa.

Join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10am EST to learn how COSTARS alleviates the bother of going through the lengt...
10/13/2020

Join us on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10am EST to learn how COSTARS alleviates the bother of going through the lengthy formal bidding process so you are able to focus on negotiations in order to secure the best value for your spend.

We will remove the mystery of COSTARS and Statewide contract searches to allow you to effortlessly find the ideal supplier for your project!

Register for this free webinar today at https://www.dgs.pa.gov/COSTARS/Pages/Effective-and-Efficient-Procurement.aspx

10/09/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Download the COVID Alert PA app today to help fight COVID-19 in PA!

Download the COVID Alert PA mobile app and help your community fight the spread of COVID-19.

Details: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa.

🏢 Is your office a swirling vortex of stuff? Observe National “Get Organized Week” by making a clean break from clutter....
10/06/2020

🏢 Is your office a swirling vortex of stuff? Observe National “Get Organized Week” by making a clean break from clutter.

🗄️ Take advantage of the many COSTARS contracts to become clutter-free and more efficient. COSTARS-authorized suppliers offer items such as storage containers, scanners, racks, and shelving for must-keep materials as well as shredders and waste containers for the rest!

⭐ Visit www.dgs.pa/COSTARS > Member Information and log into the Members Area to search contracts.

10/02/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

First Lady Frances Wolf and Second Lady Gisele Fetterman have a message for all Pennsylvanians: You count.

The deadline to complete the census has been extended to Monday, October 5. Do your part and complete the census today: pa.gov/census.

Frances and Second Lady Gisele Fetterman have a message for all Pennsylvanians: You count.

The deadline to complete the census has been extended to Monday, October 5. Do your part and complete the census today: pa.gov/census.

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by th...
10/01/2020

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by the Capital Projects Construction Division.

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by th...
10/01/2020

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by the Capital Projects Construction Division.

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by th...
10/01/2020

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by the Capital Projects Construction Division.

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by th...
10/01/2020

The photos exhibited in the showcase is an example of some of the projects in construction, or recently completed, by the Capital Projects Construction Division.

This week marks the 80th birthday of the PA Turnpike, America’s first superhighway!If you need to secure Aggregates and ...
09/29/2020

This week marks the 80th birthday of the PA Turnpike, America’s first superhighway!

If you need to secure Aggregates and Anti-Skid Materials through COSTARS contracts visit the Training Center in the Members Area and view the step-by-step tutorial on the process to order.

Download COVID Alert PA app to add your phone to the COVID fight!App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on.pa.gov/3...
09/24/2020

Download COVID Alert PA app to add your phone to the COVID fight!

App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on.pa.gov/32UommF

🤳 Add your phone to the COVID fight by downloading the COVID Alert PA app.

App Store: on.pa.gov/3iY5h8A • Google Play: on.pa.gov/32UommF

The number of electric cars registered in Pennsylvania increased 50 percent in 2018, as more drivers seek this zero-emis...
09/23/2020
Amped: EV Webinar Series

The number of electric cars registered in Pennsylvania increased 50 percent in 2018, as more drivers seek this zero-emission option.

Learn how you can drive electric, and why you should: Register for “Amped: The Benefits and Basics of Driving Electric Vehicles,” a series of free webinars September 28–October 1 for consumers, municipalities, businesses, and fleet managers in PA. Questions welcome! http://bit.ly/AmpedEV

Hosted by the Drive Electric PA Coalition of state agencies and partners, including Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and more!

The number of electric cars registered in Pennsylvania increased 50 percent in 2018. Although electric vehicles are still a small fraction of registered vehicles, the trend is clear: More Pennsylvanians want to drive electric vehicles for work and personal use.

💳 Please join the COSTARS team for this webinar on benefits and incentives through purchasing and fleet card programs!Tu...
09/22/2020

💳 Please join the COSTARS team for this webinar on benefits and incentives through purchasing and fleet card programs!
Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

🌟 As a procurement professional, you likely juggle many responsibilities and projects. COSTARS members have access to purchasing and fleet card programs to help you efficiently manage procurement and fleet fuel expenses.

📈 Join the COSTARS team and representatives from WEX and U.S. Bank to explore program benefits and incentives as well as learn about tools and controls to aid in reporting, analytics, misuse, and fraud.

➡️ Register today at -> https://www.dgs.pa.gov/COSTARS/Pages/Purchasing%20and%20Fleet%20Card%20Programs.aspx

Did you know? We can carry COVID-19 without having symptoms. Wearing a cloth mask adds another layer of protection to ke...
09/17/2020

Did you know? We can carry COVID-19 without having symptoms.

Wearing a cloth mask adds another layer of protection to keep us from passing COVID-19 to others.

Remember: My mask protects you, your mask protects me. #maskuppa

Feeling discomfort when you wear your mask? These simple solutions can help.

It is important to maintain current contact information in your COSTARS member profile. The COSTARS team uses this infor...
09/15/2020

It is important to maintain current contact information in your COSTARS member profile.

The COSTARS team uses this information to inform members of important updates including:

🧂 Road salt update and reminders
📜 New contracts & provisions
📑 Program procedural changes
⚖️ Procurement legal changes
✔️Grant and rebate availabilities
🖥️ Website changes
📖 Training opportunities

For complete instructions on how to update your Member Profile, refer to DGS.pa.gov/COSTARS > Member Information > Click on the Members Area Button > Training Center > “Update COSTARS Member Profile”.

Pennsylvania Department of General Services will hold one of the largest Commonwealth Vehicle Auctions ever with more th...
09/11/2020

Pennsylvania Department of General Services will hold one of the largest Commonwealth Vehicle Auctions ever with more than 600 vehicles available for public purchase on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania, 488 Firehouse Road, Grantville.

The more than 600 vehicles that will be available includes a large selection of trucks and SUVs, all-wheel and front-wheel-drive sedans, utility trucks, police interceptors and other types of vehicles no longer used by state agencies from manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford Motor Company, GMC, Jeep and others. Plus, more than 60 motorcycles from manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Yamaha Motor USA.

More information on this auction, including COVID-19 protocols, payment conditions, and a complete listing of vehicles is available at https://www.dgs.pa.gov/Vehicle-Management/Pages/Auto-Auction-Information.aspx

Mask wearing DOs:✅ Wear a mask outside of home✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth✅ Be sure you can breathe through it✅...
09/10/2020

Mask wearing DOs:
✅ Wear a mask outside of home
✅ Be sure it covers your nose + mouth
✅ Be sure you can breathe through it
✅ Still practice social distancing
✅ Wash after each use
✅ Wash hands after removing mask

#MaskUpPA

😷 #MaskUpPA tip: Don't forget to wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after wearing your mask.

Since COVID-19 drastically changed how and where many employees worked in 2020, companies such as Twitter, Zillow, Goldm...
09/08/2020

Since COVID-19 drastically changed how and where many employees worked in 2020, companies such as Twitter, Zillow, Goldman Sachs, and Nationwide saw success in their recent teleworking experience and have decided to make it a permanent option for employees.

If your organization has opted for long-term teleworking and needs to provide additional employee resources or update business infrastructure for continued success, your first stop should be COSTARS. We offer the latest products for the home office to aid in employee productivity.

View COSTARS contracts and available product categories via the Guide to COSTARS Contracts. Visit www.dgs.pa.gov/COSTARS to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.

#business #success #infrastructure #homeoffice

📢 ATTN LOCAL GOVTs & COMMUNITIES: the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has a COVID-19 resou...
09/02/2020

📢 ATTN LOCAL GOVTs & COMMUNITIES: the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has a COVID-19 resource page for you.

Here you will find frequently asked questions, municipality meeting updates, and more. https://dced.pa.gov/local-government-community/

📢 ATTN LOCAL GOVTs & COMMUNITIES: We have a new COVID-19 resource page for you. Here you will find frequently asked questions, food assistance programs, municipality meeting updates, and more. https://dced.pa.gov/local-government-community/

As you weigh your supplier options for an upcoming purchase, don’t forget to check out supplier reviews at www.procurate...
09/01/2020

As you weigh your supplier options for an upcoming purchase, don’t forget to check out supplier reviews at www.procurated.com.

Procurated, a COSTARS Program partner, provides a free reviewing platform for all COSTARS members. Procurated is a secure and private environment where public purchasers can share candid information about suppliers more efficiently than ever before. Your reviews will be seen only by your procurement peers – not suppliers.

Contributing to the community by writing a review is simple. After writing a review, you will gain access to other reviews about suppliers, be able to ask review writers for additional information, and search for new suppliers in hundreds of product and service categories.

Please wear a mask if you leave your house. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses. See instructions ...
08/27/2020

Please wear a mask if you leave your house. Masks help keep those wearing them from sharing illnesses.

See instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home: on.pa.gov/mask.

😷 #MaskUpPA Tip: Wear your mask correctly every time!

CORRECT WAY: Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth and is secured under your chin.

WRONG WAY: Don't lower your mask to talk, cough or sneeze

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department ...
08/18/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the creation of the Alternate and Clean Energy Program.

This program provides grants and loans to businesses, economic development organizations, and political subdivisions for activities to promote alternative and clean energy projects in PA.

COSTARS members can utilize this funding for competitively priced purchases of products and services from contracts COSTARS-28 Energy Conservation Management Supplies and COSTARS-30 Energy Consulting Services.

For more info on the grants, visit: dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/

For more info on the COSTARS program, visit: dgs.pa.gov/costars

Remember: All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others. Don’t forget y...
08/17/2020

Remember: All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others. Don’t forget your mask when visiting a Pennsylvania business! #MaskUpPA

I don’t want you to get COVID-19. Here is the best health info we have at this moment to protect yourself from getting the virus.

All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others. Don’t forget your mask w...
08/12/2020

All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others. Don’t forget your mask when visiting a Pennsylvania business! #MaskUpPA

😷 #MaskUpPA Tip: Wear your mask the correct way!

CORRECT WAY: Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth and is secured under your chin.

WRONG WAY: Don't lower your mask to talk, cough or sneeze

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture continues its diligent efforts to squash the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly...
08/11/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture continues its diligent efforts to squash the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly which is currently in its “Late Nymph” stage. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods.

COSTARS members can do their part to eradicate this pest with services found on COSTARS-29 Groundskeeping Services and Supplies.

For more info on COSTARS, visit dgs.pa.gov/costars

1️⃣ Wear a mask.2️⃣ Keep a physical distance between strangers3️⃣ Practice good health habits to stop the spread.#maskup...
08/07/2020

1️⃣ Wear a mask.
2️⃣ Keep a physical distance between strangers
3️⃣ Practice good health habits to stop the spread.
#maskuppa

Because COVID-19 is so contagious, anything we do outside of our homes does carry some risk of getting the virus.

Please be careful when you are out and around others. Wear a mask, keep a physical distance between strangers, and practice good health habits to stop the spread.

08/06/2020
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

All Pennsylvanians must wear masks when they leave their homes and come in contact with others.

Don’t forget your mask when visiting a Pennsylvania business. Masks are required.

Do you have COVID symptoms? Try not to panic. There are steps you can take to prevent spreading it to others.

Find a testing site near you: on.pa.gov/testing.

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