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By DGS Public Affairs on 6/3/2013 8:02 AM
rendering of new school.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony on May 29 for the Mark Keppel Elementary School in Glendale.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/22/2013 11:30 AM
photo of school construction site.The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $520 million for shovel-ready school construction projects across the state. The state matching funds will help finance 230 school construction projects within 92 school districts. Funds for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47 and 55.

 

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 5/13/2013 5:42 AM
photo of Rancho Mirage campus.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a dedication ceremony on May 10 for the new Rancho Mirage High School in Rancho Mirage.

The new facility in Riverside County provides learning space for 2,484 Palm Springs Unified School District students, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of approximately 950 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/8/2013 6:46 AM
California's Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento is more beautiful than ever this time of year, thanks to the efforts of Department of General Services staff.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/7/2013 7:31 AM
The next surplus state vehicle public auction will be on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet and Asset Management auction yard, 5950 Chiles Road in Davis. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/29/2013 8:58 AM
photo of Hilda Solis Learning AcademyThe Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 26 for the Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy in Los Angeles.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/17/2013 7:52 AM
photo of electric vehicle charging adaptor demo.At today’s quarterly meeting of the Department of General Services Partnership Council, representatives from 23 state agencies including Caltrans, DMV, CHP, Parks,and the Franchise Tax Board, were invited to learn more about the zero emission vehicles currently available on statewide contract. The DGS Office of Fleet & Asset Management had Nissan Leafs on display and available for test drives at DGS headquarters in West Sacramento. The Partnership Council brings DGS and its state agency customers together to discuss timely issues of mutual concern and to furnish current information and program updates.
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 4/5/2013 11:07 AM
photo of Library and Courts buildingThe Department of General Services announced today that major renovation work at the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building is nearly complete. The circa 1928 landmark building, located across the street from the State Capitol, is home to the California Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and the California State Library.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/25/2013 9:52 AM
photo of Jennifer G.Jennifer Grutzius, Deputy Director of the Department of General Services Office of Strategic Planning, Policy and Research, has been named 2013 Rising Star of Public Administration by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Sacramento Chapter
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/8/2013 11:46 AM
OAH wall signThe Department of General Services today announced that three administrative law judges (ALJ) have recently joined the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in Oakland, San Diego and Los Angeles.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/20/2013 6:53 AM
photo of schoolThe Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 15 for the Walnut Park Middle School in Walnut Park.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/20/2013 6:44 AM
photo of schoolThe Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a dedication ceremony on February 15 for the reconstructed Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/5/2013 12:23 PM
electric vehicles only signGovernor Brown joined leaders from UPS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Electric Vehicles International (EVI) today at a UPS Distribution Center in West Sacramento to mark the deployment of the company's zero-emission, all-electric delivery vehicle fleet—California's largest.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/4/2013 5:24 AM
DGS Values Award graphicThe Department of General Services has announced the winners of the 2012 DGS Values Awards presented to a small group of employees who were nominated by their peers for demonstrating an especially strong commitment to the department’s mission vision, goals, and core values of Integrity, Accountability, Communication, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/25/2013 9:01 AM
photo of disabled access signThe Department of General Services’ (DGS) Division of the State Architect has announced the adoption of updated accessibility standards for the 2013 California Building Code that—for the first time ever—align existing California and federal access regulations for everything ranging from parking spaces and hand rails to housing. The result is a single set of requirements which meet both state and federal accessibility requirements and enhance accessibility for all Californians.

The Division of the State Architect develops and maintains accessibility and historical buildings standards and codes utilized in public and private buildings throughout California. In addition, the group also has oversight responsibility for design and construction of K-12 schools and community colleges.

“Adoption of the 2013 California Building Code provides clarity and consistency for both the general public and code users such as architects, contractors and building officials,” said State Architect Chet Widom.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/23/2013 10:59 AM
photo of central plant water tank.The Department of General Services (DGS) has won a 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award—California’s highest environmental honor—for the renovation of the state’s central utility plant in Sacramento.

The central plant, which provides heating and cooling for 23 state office buildings including the Capitol, was honored in the Sustainable Practices or Facilities category. The project replaced the state’s existing central plant, incorporating environmentally friendly design and operations resulting in maximum energy efficiencies, resource conservation, and lower operating costs. In 2011, the project was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification—the highest possible level of LEED certification offered by the ‘green’ building rating organization.
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 1/8/2013 6:03 AM
The next surplus state vehicle public auction will be on Wednesday, 1/09 at 9 a.m. at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet and Asset Management auction yard, 5950 Chiles Road in Davis.
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 12/20/2012 8:07 AM
The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today,  the  delivery of 10 new Nissan Leaf zero-emission vehicles, which will replace 10 existing vehicles in the DGS daily rental fleet. DGS also debuted 24 electric vehicle charging stations now available at five locations in the Sacramento area, with plans to add nine additional stations in the DGS State Garages in the near future.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/26/2012 8:38 AM
photo of Chet Widom, State ArchitectState Architect Chet Widom has announced the creation of the “State Architect’s Corner” Web page to keep school districts and other school construction stakeholders continually informed about important initiatives and changes the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is developing and implementing.

  • “We are developing innovative solutions that will streamline processes and improve communication to better serve our clients and establish DSA as a trusted advisor to the community and the state,” says Widom.
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 11/7/2012 12:37 PM
Photo of people at groundbreaking ceremony.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman (pictured second from right) joined local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony recently for Bella Vista Elementary in Desert Hot Springs.

The project will provide 725 Palm Springs Unified School District elementary students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 500 school construction jobs and the purchase of building materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/7/2012 11:35 AM
Photo of Capitol Christmas tree.On November 6, 2012 a tree crew from the Calif. Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division cut down the state's official Capitol Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding. On November 7, the tree was transported to Sacramento aboard a CAL FIRE truck with a CHP escort.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/5/2012 11:58 AM
Photo of Jerry Hill being sworn-in as state printer.Jerry Hill (pictured right) was officially sworn-in today as State Printer by Department of General Services director Fred Klass (pictured left) at a ceremony held on the floor of the State Printing Plant in Sacramento.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/1/2012 10:14 AM
Photo of chiller gauge.The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that 70 energy saving tune-up and retrofit projects have been completed at state-owned buildings and parking lots.  The projects are projected to save the state $4.5 million a year by cutting approximately 32 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity and 1 million therms of natural gas annually—the equivalent of reducing approximately 28,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
By DGS Public Affairs on 11/1/2012 4:57 AM
Drawing of Academy building.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials today to cut the ribbon and open the new Dr. Lawrence H. Moore Math, Science, Technology Academy in Los Angeles.

The new academy gives 800 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of almost 600 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/25/2012 10:41 AM
photo of Jerry Hill.Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he has appointed Jerry Hill as State Printer.

As State Printer, Mr. Hill oversees the Department of General Services (DGS) Office of State Publishing (OSP) in Sacramento. OSP produces printed publications, forms, envelopes, brochures, and business cards for more than 150 state government agencies, departments, and commissions. OSP is also responsible for the printing of more than 3,000 legislative bills per session. In addition to printed products, OSP also provides other communication solutions including graphic design, video and webcasting production, and fulfillment services.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/18/2012 7:49 AM
photo of Judge Dee Brown.Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Administrative Law Judge Dannette “Dee” Brown has been selected by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for a Trailblazers Award—a national honor that recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/18/2012 5:32 AM
photo of Dan Burgoyne.Department of General Services (DGS) sustainability manager Dan Burgoyne has been named a 2012 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Leadership) Fellow by the Green Building Certification Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/12/2012 6:54 AM
green fleet logo.The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that the California state vehicle fleet has been ranked as one of the Top 20 greenest government fleets in North America, placing 16th out of 55 fleets from state, federal and local governments.

"DGS is pleased to receive this recognition on behalf of the state of California fleet in acknowledgement of the state’s extraordinary efforts to reduce overall petroleum consumption and to increase its use of alternative fuels,” said DGS Director Fred Klass.

By DGS Public Affairs on 10/11/2012 9:31 AM
For Lease SignAt Governor Brown’s direction, the DGS Real Estate Services Division continues to renegotiate leases for its state agency clients, resulting in savings for taxpayers.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/10/2012 11:34 AM
photo of Edison school.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a rededication ceremony recently at Thomas A. Edison Elementary School in Santa Ana.
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 10/8/2012 6:14 AM
Line of CarsSurplus state vehicle public auction is Wed., 10/10 at 9 a.m. at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet & Asset Management auction yard, 5950 Chiles Road in Davis.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/5/2012 6:41 AM
Photo of school banner.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for the new Lucille Roybal-Allard Elementary School in Huntington Park.

The project provides 560 Los Angeles Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of more than 1,000 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/3/2012 10:08 AM
PHOTO OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE DASH.The Department of General Services recently participated in Governor Brown’s summit on zero-emission vehicles held at California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Sacramento. DGS Deputy Director Jennifer Grutzius led a session for other state agencies focused on increasing the number of green vehicles within state fleets.
By DGS Public Affairs on 10/2/2012 11:50 AM
photo of anderson school.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony on September 28 for the Gregg Anderson Academy Elementary School in Palmdale.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/27/2012 10:24 AM
Photo of school.The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony September 22 for the new Heritage High School Agricultural Research Center in Menifee.

The project provides 602 Perris Union High School District students a place to learn agricultural career skills, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of approximately 80 jobs and the purchase of building materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/27/2012 8:39 AM
photo of DGS employees at Caltrans buildingThe Caltrans District 3 headquarters building in Marysville, a DGS-managed construction project, has become the latest state facility to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The five-story facility, located at 703 B Street in Marysville, has earned LEED Silver certification for new construction and design.




The building provides office space for Caltrans District 3 employees and features several green elements including a central atrium. The four-story “canyon” begins on the second level of the building, gathers sunlight from skylights, and provides surrounding offices with abundant natural lighting. In addition, the building uses a centralized energy usage monitoring system to promote maximum heating and cooling efficiency. The facility is also LEED certified for its operations and maintenance practices.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/13/2012 5:20 AM
Photo of OAH hearing room.The DGS “Excellence in the Business of Government” video series now features the Office of Administrative Hearings, an independent state agency that resolves disputes between individuals and government agencies.

Watch the “Excellence in Administrative Hearings” video on the DGS YouTube channel.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/11/2012 9:32 AM
Gold Ink 2012 award photoThe DGS Office of State Publishing (OSP) has won a Gold Ink Award from Printing Impressions magazine for its work on a boating manual produced for the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

The Gold Ink Award, one of the printing and publishing industry's most prestigious awards, honors both individual achievement and outstanding printing. OSP’s winning entry was chosen based on print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect from more than 1,000 entries submitted within 46 different categories.
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 9/5/2012 9:18 AM
photo of IT specialists.As part of the national recovery effort following Hurricane Isaac, the Department of General Services is working with the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) which recently deployed several personnel to local assistance centers established by the federal government.

DGS Information Technology Services (ITS) employee Ross Elias (pictured second from left) is working with Cal EMA specialists setting up computer banks, testing wireless networks and installing cable for Internet connections that will enable displaced survivors to apply for various types of assistance.

Ross, an associate information systems analyst with ITS, will be working along with the CalEMA team for the next few weeks setting up IT and telecommunications systems in Louisiana areas hit hardest by the storm.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/4/2012 9:49 AM
photo of Lisa SilvermanLisa Silverman (pictured right), Executive Officer of the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC), attended the August 31 grand opening at the McCollam County Annex School in San Jose.

The School Facility Program project provided four classrooms at a Special Education Center for Santa Clara County Office of Education students. The construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the purchase of materials and hiring a workforce for construction.
By DGS Public Affairs on 9/4/2012 7:20 AM
green footprint graphic.The Department of General Services today launched a new website that highlights the actions of state government agencies to cut their collective environmental footprint through sustainable government operations and practices.
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/28/2012 10:38 AM
photo of transportation management centerThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has won a 2012 Owners' Project Excellence Award for new construction from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC).
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/27/2012 7:00 AM
photo of state surplus vehicle auction itemsSurplus state vehicle public auction is Wed., 8/29 at 9 a.m. at the Department of General Services Office of Fleet & Asset Management auction yard, 5950 Chiles Road in Davis. Auction is located behind the CalFire equipment facility.  Public viewing and registration starts at 7:30 a.m.


See list of available items for sale.
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/23/2012 12:20 PM
photo of groundbreaking event.The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) took part in a groundbreaking ceremony today for the new Dr. Mildred Dalton Henry Elementary School in San Bernardino. The project will provide 564 San Bernardino City Unified School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school will bolster the local economy through the purchase of materials and hiring a workforce for construction.

Lisa Silverman (pictured far left), Executive Officer of the Office of Public School Construction, helped district officials break ground for the new school.
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 8/23/2012 4:33 AM
photo fo CCC Camarillo facilities.The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that the newly constructed California Conservation Corps (CCC) Center in Camarillo has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The DGS Real Estate Service Division managed the project for the CCC which consists of a nine building campus that replaced the original satellite facility on the California State University Channel Islands campus. In addition to energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor air quality features, the project also incorporated some innovative design and performance elements including a classroom and training facilities for the purpose of teaching CCC members environmentally-sensitive work practices. The new facility also implemented a ‘green’ housekeeping program to minimize the use and exposure to potentially hazardous cleaning and maintenance chemicals.
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/21/2012 10:29 AM
photo of small business outreach workersThe Department of General Services (DGS) continues to support California small businesses, microbusiness, and disabled veteran business enterprises by meeting and exceeding state contracting goals.

During fiscal year 2011-12, DGS awarded $72.1 million, or 38.5 percent, of its contracting dollars to small businesses and microbusinesses (SB/MB), far outpacing the state goal of 25 percent. In addition, DGS awarded $18 million, or 9.6 percent, of its contracting dollars to disabled-veteran owned business (DVBE), tripling the state goal of three percent.
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 the state's small business participation program, which sets a goal for the use of small businesses in at least 25 percent of the state's overall annual contract dollars. State-certified DVBEs are eligible for the state's DVBE participation program, which sets the goal to use DVBEs in at least three percent of the state's overall annual contract dollars.
By DGS Public Affairs on 8/14/2012 7:47 AM
photo of DGS director Fred Klass with therapy dog Sal.Department of General Services director Fred Klass (pictured left) and the DGS executive team got a preview of the 2012 California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC) today when therapy dog Big Sal and his human assistant Jackie Gunby of Pet Partners dropped by for a visit. DGS exec staff heard a presentation about the upcoming DGS campaign and heard from Pet Partners, one of the many charities state employees can support through the CSECC.
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 10:27 AM
photo of Sheral GatesSheral Gates has been appointed by Governor Brown as the Deputy Director for the Department of General Services (DGS) Real Estate Services Division (RESD).  Sheral brings more than 30 years of public service experience in real estate to the position of Deputy Director of RESD.

Prior to her appointment, Sheral was Chief of the Professional Services Branch (PSB) of RESD since November 2009.
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 6/27/2012 11:02 AM
photo of school constructionThe State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $637.6 million for shovel-ready school construction projects across the state. The state matching funds will help finance 198 school construction projects within 96 school districts. Funds for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47 and 55. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/19/2012 9:41 AM
photo of Governor Brown and May LeeGovernor Brown met with the Department of General Services’ May Lee at the Capitol today to congratulate her on seven decades of state service.
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/19/2012 4:39 AM
PHOTO OF TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT CENTERThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has won the 2012 Excellence in Engineering award for new construction from the Structural Engineers Association of California.

Managed by the DGS Real Estate Services Division for Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol, the project delivered a building that’s used to monitor highway and freeway traffic in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The complex was built to meet state building code requirements as an “essential services facility” able to remain operational during a natural disaster such as a major earthquake. The center was designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; a first in the nation for a certified critical operations facility.
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 6/7/2012 6:05 AM
photo of transportation management center in FontanaThe Department of General Services announced today that the Inland Empire Transportation Management Center project in Fontana has been honored by the California Transportation Foundation with a Project of the Year Award in the category of Operational Efficiency Program. The award recognizes programs that improve transportation operations through technological or management solutions.
 
The project was managed by the DGS Real Estate Services Division for Caltrans District 8 and Inland Division CHP along with construction partners Aztec Engineering; RC Construction; AECOM Inc.; and Vanir Construction Management Inc
By DGS Public Affairs on 6/5/2012 5:12 AM
photo of fuel nozzle and carThe Department of General Services has directed that all state agencies and departments maximize the use of alternative fuels and cut petroleum consumption within their respective vehicle fleets.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/30/2012 11:45 AM
photo of ground breakingThe Department of General Services joined California State Parks and other government officials today for a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Consolidated Operations and Museum Collection Center at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/25/2012 5:45 AM
Governor Brown proclaims May 27th, 2012, as Golden Gate Bridge Day.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/21/2012 11:00 AM
photo of LEED certified kitchen facilityThe California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today a top honor for a state facility. The California Department of Mental Health’s central kitchen facility at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk has been honored with the 2012 Facility Design Project of the Year award by the Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Association.

The Design Project of the Year award is based on the quality of the design and execution and its ability to meet the operator’s goals. The DGS-managed kitchen construction project opened its doors in 2009 and received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GOLD certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/21/2012 5:54 AM
photo of oil change dipstickThe Department of General Services has directed all state agencies with fleet vehicles to use reused and remanufactured auto parts in order to cut repair costs, and to use re-refined or synthetic lubricants to reduce the state’s need for petroleum products. Both practices are also good for the environment.

Using reconditioned, previously used, and/or remanufactured parts will help reduce the cost of keeping the vehicle fleet in good operating condition, extend the life of the fleet, and protect the environment through recycling.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/21/2012 4:41 AM
Cesar Diaz, 35, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the State Allocation Board. (The Department of General Services' Office of Public School Construction serves as staff to the State Allocation Board).
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/15/2012 4:13 AM
The Department of General Services announced today that it has centralized its fleet management services; closing garages and offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego and moving operations to the State Garage on 1416 Tenth St. in Sacramento.  DGS has also eliminated preventative maintenance in its Sacramento garage.  The moves will help the department save more than $2 million annually.
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. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/11/2012 5:24 AM
The State Information Officers Council (SIOC) awarded the Department of General Service's (DGS) Office of Public Affairs (OPA) with three awards for their work in 2011 promoting the programs and activities of DGS.  SIOC has been honoring the work of State communications professionals for decades and this is the first time that DGS staff have been recognized for their work. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/9/2012 6:48 AM
California continues to be a world leader in blazing the trail toward a greener, more sustainable future and in proving that environmental protection and economic development go hand in hand. In order to celebrate California companies and organizations providing the environmental and entrepreneurial leadership that keeps our state on the right path, we are pleased to announce the posting of the application for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA). Applications will be accepted until June 22, 2012.

Click for more information and for the application.
By DGS Public Affairs on 5/2/2012 6:47 AM

photo of plan reviewersAs it prepares the update of California’s accessibility codes, the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) is seeking input and comments from accessibility stakeholders, interested parties and the general public through a series of Access Code Forums to be held in May, June and July of 2012.

Read more about the DSA Access Code Forums

By DGS Public Affairs on 5/1/2012 9:20 AM
calgreen logoThe California Building Standards Commission has been honored at the 2012 Green California summit with a Green Building Leadership Award for developing CALGreen, the nation’s first mandatory green building code. CALGreen requires that all buildings in California now be constructed with the environment in mind, including energy and water conservation measures along with the use of renewable, recyclable and recycled materials.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/30/2012 10:29 AM
photo of green leadership awardThe Department of General Services won a Green California Leadership Award at the 2012 Green California Summit in the category of “Climate Change” for its statewide renewable energy program. The program was designed by DGS to take advantage of the well-established third-party ownership model within the solar industry.

The program also breaks new ground with the same third-party model for wind, solar thermal, and combined-heat-and-power systems.

The program has resulted in the construction of large-scale solar arrays at CSU campuses, state prisons, and state hospitals with no up-front capital expenditure by the state. 
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/26/2012 7:24 AM
photo of May LeeWhen May Lee first started state service, the Great Depression was just ending, gasoline cost 15 cents per gallon, Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra were some of the biggest names in entertainment.

May started her state career in 1943 as an accounting officer with the Department of Finance, then came to the Department of General Services in 1963 where she has been ever since.

May is a walking encyclopedia with a legendary knowledge of state government, accounting practices and policies, and DGS history.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/25/2012 8:26 AM
Photof of white carAs part of its continuing commitment to help state government cut operating costs and lessen its impact on the environment, the Department of General Services has announced that solar reflective colors, such as white, silver metallic or gold metallic, are now mandatory whenever a state agency or department acquires light-duty vehicles.

Solar reflective colors help keep vehicle interiors cooler which means the air conditioning system does not have to work as hard. That cuts fuel consumption and reduces climate changing emissions.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/13/2012 5:53 AM
solar pv panelsOn April 26, California State Architect, Chester A. Widom, FAIA, will be speaking at the Green California Summit & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center about the rising interest in the installation of solar photovoltaic power systems at California public schools and community colleges.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/13/2012 5:27 AM
On Thursday, April 19th, 2012, the Department of General Services and other state agencies will be joining Keep California Beautiful for a free e-waste disposal event at the traffic circle in front of the Jesse Unruh Building located at 914 Capitol Mall in Sacramento, as well as multiple locations throughout Northern California.
By DGS Public Affairs on 4/11/2012 11:18 AM
photo of Linda CabaticGovernor Brown has appointed Linda Cabatic as Director & Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Linda brings a wealth of experience to OAH where she has been Acting Director since August of last year. Linda was appointed as OAH Deputy Director in June 2008.  Prior to her appointment at OAH, she was the Chief Counsel and Deputy Director for the Office of Legal Services for DGS, where she advised the Director and executive staff on many legal issues.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/30/2012 3:38 AM
Cherry tree plantingState and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Anna Caballero joined Japan’s Consul General Hiroshi Inomata, today in Sacramento, for a commemorative tree planting to recognize the Centennial anniversary of Japan’s cherry blossom donation to the United States.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/22/2012 7:54 AM
DGS LogoDavid Zocchetti, 54, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director and chief counsel at the California Department of General Services.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/14/2012 3:54 AM
DGS LogoThe Office of Administrative Hearings recently announced the addition of some new Administrative Law Judges at its offices throughout the state.

Glynda Gomez and Deena Ghaly are new to the Los Angeles offices of OAH, Marian H. Tully is new to the Van Nuys office, and Kirk Miller and Jill Schlichtmann are new to the Oakland office.
By DGS Public Affairs on 3/5/2012 6:35 AM
DGS LogoLisa Silverman, 45, of Pilot Hill, has been appointed executive officer for the Office of Public School Construction at the California Department of General Services, where she has served as acting executive officer since 2010.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/24/2012 11:54 AM
Photo of surplus computersState agencies have a new way to dispose of surplus computers and other surplus information technology equipment for re-use.

Legislation signed by Governor Brown authorizes agencies to make their old equipment available for sale to qualified, non-profit Public Computer Centers at less than fair market value.

This type of surplus equipment is often still functional and is typically donated to public schools or sold at public auctions.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/23/2012 8:10 AM
DGS employee lads camellias on a truck in Capitol ParkCapitol Park groundskeepers from the Department of General Services cut several hundred camellia blooms today as part of Camellia Day celebrations hosted by the State Capitol museum to acknowledge Sacramento as California's Camellia Capitol City.
By DGS Public Affairs on 2/23/2012 8:01 AM
box containing snow globesDGS recently held its first state surplus property auction of the New Year at its Sacramento warehouse. The auction helps to maximize the re-use of state property and generate revenue for the state. Nearly 300 members of the public were registered as bidders at the auction which resulted in sales of nearly $96,000.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/20/2012 7:55 AM
dgs logoThe California Department of General Services and the California Highway Patrol have received information regarding an anticipated “Occupy” demonstration at the Ronald M. George State Office Complex located at 350 McAllister Street/455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Friday, January 20, 2012.

After meeting with CHP and building security personnel, the following workplace safeguards will be implemented for the benefit of all building tenants, staff, the general public and building security.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/13/2012 10:00 AM
Capitol Christmas TreeEver wonder what happens to the state’s official Capitol Christmas Tree once the holidays are over?

DGS crews recycle it!

The 45-foot white fir tree was cut into sections today and then run through a wood chipper. The chips are used as mulch and spread throughout Capitol Park by DGS groundskeepers from the Real Estate Services Division’s Building & Property Management branch.
By DGS Public Affairs on 1/12/2012 12:13 PM
Photo of Fred KlassDGS Director Fred Klass was among the dignitaries on-hand today as the Capitol Area Development Authority broke ground on the East End Gateway project at 16th and O Streets, Sacramento.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/27/2011 6:38 AM
Contractor checks chiller in state office building in SacramentoWork by DGS and its contractors is nearing completion to improve energy efficiency in 62 state-owned facilities and five state-owned parking lots using $25 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) State Property Revolving Fund Loan Program funds.

Energy efficiency measures have been put into place in everything from DMV field offices to state hospitals, state prisons, and state office high-rises. The energy upgrades include replacement or retrofits of boiler and chiller systems, as well as building energy system retrofits or “tune-ups” involving lighting upgrades, heating and air conditioning system upgrades, and energy usage monitoring systems.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 7:09 AM
Chet Widom photoOn December 6, 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Chester “Chet” Widom as California State Architect.  Widom was sworn-in on December 19, 2011. DGS released the following statement from Mr. Widom who is charged with overseeing the Division of the State Architect within the Department of General Services.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 7:03 AM
travel program signageThrough the DGS Office of Fleet and Asset Management, the Statewide Travel and Meeting Management Program (STAMMP) assists government travelers by obtaining the most economical travel, lodging and meeting space fares and rates available through the use of contracted travel-related services.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:45 AM
copierThrough its Office of Risk and Insurance Management (ORIM), DGS has saved state agencies more than $770,000 by consolidating individual office equipment maintenance contracts into one master insurance program.  Launched in 2010, the Equipment Maintenance Management Program (EMMP) allows departments to maintain their vendor of choice and the same service levels. Immediate savings of 25 percent are realized as the program uses a time and materials basis thereby eliminating the extensive mark-up seen in traditional service contracts.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:40 AM
state's central plant thermal energy storage tankThe DGS central utility plant, which provides chilled water and steam to cool and heat 23 state-owned buildings in downtown Sacramento, has received LEED Platinum, the highest level of  “green” building design certification for energy efficiency and environmental design awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:35 AM
state surplus property warehouse entranceDGS held one of its regularly scheduled state surplus property auctions at its Sacramento warehouse on December 3, 2011.  Several hundred members of the public attended the auction which resulted in the sale of 918 out of 928 lots of surplus property ranging from surplus cellular phones and computers to office furniture and items confiscated by the federal Transportation Safety Authority at various California airports.
By DGS Public Affairs on 12/19/2011 6:31 AM
Capitol Christmas TreeOn December 7, Gov. Jerry Brown hosted the 80th Annual Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the West Steps of the State Capitol. A few weeks earlier, DGS crews from the Real Estate Services Division’s Building and Property Management branch cut, transported and then decorated the tree with 10,000 energy-saving LED lights and nearly 1,000 ornaments.