By DGS Public Affairs on 5/21/2013 8:40 AM
photo of people at Keeping the Promise event.The Department of General Services co-sponsored the 2013 California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance's "Keeping the Promise" event in Anaheim on May 13th.

More than 600 Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) firms attended the two-day event where they connected with DGS and ten other state departments to learn how to find and compete for state contracting opportunities, as well as the advantages of being a state-certified business.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/15/2013 7:33 AM
The Department of General Services (DGS) was awarded the “Government Agency of the Year” award from the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.  The award has historically been presented to the government agency that has shown the highest level of responsiveness to the African American and small business community.  DGS, which has received this honor before, has earned it this year due to its ongoing efforts to reach out to and certify California's small and disabled veteran businesses, and to teach them how to learn about, compete for, and win state business. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/17/2013 8:19 AM
The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced a new statewide pharmaceutical contract that will save the state nearly $18 million by leveraging the buying power of several state agencies acting as a single buyer.

The contract will be used by state prisons, state hospitals, and state developmental centers, including the California Correctional Health Care Services, California Department of Developmental Services, California Department of State Hospitals, California Department of Juvenile Justice, California State University System, and other state and local agencies.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/3/2013 6:36 AM
The DGS Procurement Division (PD) was recognized recently by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for its work in helping the department purchase some long-needed equipment at a significant savings to the state.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/15/2012 7:19 AM
SARA LOGOThe Department of General Services (DGS) presented awards to 41 state agencies and 17 state employees for their outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veterans’ businesses at a ceremony held in Citrus Heights on Wednesday.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/10/2012 11:04 AM
buying green logoAre you a state employee interested in learning more about Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, also known as Buying Green, and how you can incorporate Buying Green practices into purchases for your state agency ?

The Department of General Services Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, through the California Procurement & Contracting Academy (Cal-PCA), is hosting this half-day Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Workshop for State Employees on October 26, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/7/2012 7:51 AM
PHOTO OF SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPDGS has partnered with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to present a series of workshops throughout California to help small businesses, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), and non-profit agencies learn about government contracting opportunities.

Several hundred business owners turned out for today’s event held in West Sacramento at DGS headquarters in the Ziggurat building. Businesses received help with state licensing and certification, and learned how to compete for state and local government contracting opportunities.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/7/2012 7:41 AM
photo of IT hardwareThe Department of General Services has proposed changes to state contracting rules to allow for increased use of negotiations for contracting of IT goods and services. The proposed changes will streamline the process for departments to use negotiations; add flexibility to the circumstances when contracts can be negotiated and clarify the procedures for negotiations. Recent history has shown that the use of negotiations can help the state achieve real savings.

The Fi$Cal project was originally expected to cost the state $1.6 billion dollars. Through the use of negotiations, the entire project will now cost 60 percent less.  The department is looking for interested parties to review and comment on the changes by September 28, 2012. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/23/2012 4:45 AM
photo of handshake.The Department of General Services has been awarded the California Black Chamber of Commerce’s (CBCC) President’s Corporate Appreciation award for continued support and commitment in providing small businesses with contracting opportunities.

DGS was cited by CBCC for its “ongoing and growing partnership with the California Black Chamber of Commerce, (working) together to link our state’s small and disabled veterans’ businesses with state contracting opportunities, through outreach and education.”
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/15/2012 11:06 AM
photo of welder.The Department of General Services co-sponsored the 7th Annual California Construction Expo (CalCon) held earlier this month in Pasadena. CalCon Expo is California’s premiere gathering for contractors, designers, construction professionals, suppliers and construction workers who want to learn directly from government agencies about how to participate in public works programs. The DGS Procurement Division’s Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) was on hand to help the more than 1,500 attendees learn about state contracting opportunities and the advantages of DGS certification. Certified small businesses receive a five percent bid preference on applicable state solicitations and are eligible for...
By DGS Public Affairs on 7/31/2012 7:32 AM
photo of Cal-PCA classroomThe Department of General Services Procurement Division’s California Procurement & Contracting Academy (Cal-PCA) is just a mouse click away!

In addition to the traditional training setting, DGS now offers state agencies the option of the virtual classroom at no-cost. Benefits to state departments include more convenient scheduling and decreased travel expense.
By DGS Public Affairs on 7/30/2012 10:18 AM
photo of Jim ButlerJim Butler has been re-appointed by Governor Brown as Deputy Director of the Department of General Services Procurement Division and the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of California.

Mr. Butler was Director of Procurement Services at San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Company where he worked from 2002 until 2007 reengineering legacy purchasing functions, implementing strategic sourcing, and deploying eProcurement tools across a wide variety of categories.
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/11/2012 4:48 AM
The Department of General Services’ (DGS) Eric Mandell, Chief of the DGS Office of Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) Services, was recently recognized for his contributions to the small business community.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/11/2012 5:48 AM
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared the month of May as ‘California Small Business Month.’  Currently, more than 26 percent of California's business is done by small businesses.  The Department of General Services has certified more than 20,000 small businesses, of those, more than 13,000 are Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.