29 May 2013

Lowell, MA Procurement and Contracts Management Seminar for Public Housing Authorities

Lowell Housing Authority Department of Finance & Procurement
invites you to
the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center for a conference with public procurement expert Michael S. Gifford, C.P.M., PHM

A 2-1/2 day federal & state procurement & contract management seminar
July 10, 11, and 12 2013
For the registration form, click HERE
Event Details:
Procurement and Contract Management Agenda:
Day One 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Introduction to HUD Handbook 7460.8 and 24 CFR 85.36, Procurement
  • Procurement Authority and Basic Administration of the Procureme Function
  • General Requirements
  • Ethics in Public Contracting
  • Small Purchase Procedures (Quotations for Small Purchases – QSP’s)
  • Sealed Bids (Invitation for Bids – IFB’s)
Day Two 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Competitive Proposals (Request for Proposals – RFP’s; Request for Qualifications – RFQ’s)
  • Noncompetitive Proposals
  • Specifications and Statements of Work
  • Miscellaneous Requirements
Day Three 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Contract Administration
  • HUD Review Requirements
  • State and Local Laws and Regulations Governing PHA Procurement
  • Cooperative Business Relationships
  • Employment & Training Opportunities and Contracting With Residents, Resident-Owned, Small, Minority, and Other Disadvantaged Businesses
Join us this July in Lowell, Massachusetts. For information about Lowell and the Greater Merrimack Valley,
please visit the Merrimack Valley Visitor Page.


19 May 2013

New Red Cross instructors | RedCrossEastMA

(Opinions are my own)
New Red Cross instructors | RedCrossEastMA:
17 American Red Cross Disaster Services personnel, consisting of both staff and volunteers completed a two-day class learning teaching and presentation skills for disaster services instruction and facilitation classes. With many new disaster services volunteers coming on board, new, qualified instructors are needed for the many courses that make up the American Red Cross' Disaster curriculum.