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Archived Press Releases 2014-2015

DGS EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR STRONG COMMITMENT TO DEPARTMENT VALUES

The Department of General Services has announced the winners of the 2014 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.
  • Watch videos about the winners.
Date Published: February 11, 2015

STATE AGENCIES AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONTRACTING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES


The Department of General Services recognized 37 state departments and 20 state employees for their outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs) at a ceremony held this week at the Citrus Heights Community Center.

“California is always looking for companies that can provide high-quality goods and services, offer competitive prices, develop innovative business solutions and who are focused on customer needs,” said Jim Butler, Chief Procurement Officer for DGS. “Small and disabled veteran-owned businesses bring those qualities to the business arena."

The DGS-sponsored State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) honor state departments and employees for their best practices, creativity, and outstanding achievements to advance California’s small business and DVBE programs.

State agencies work to meet an annual goal of at least 25 percent of their purchasing and contracting with small businesses. Additionally, the goal of California’s Veterans and Military Code is to purchase at least three percent of all goods and services from DVBEs. The state purchases approximately $9 billion annually in goods, services, construction and public works to serve the people of California. 

Date Published: January 23, 2015

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

Zackery Morazzini was sworn-in today by Calif. Government Operations Agency Secretary Marybel Batjer as the director and chief administrative law judge for the Calif. Office of Administrative Hearings.

OAH is a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears administrative disputes. OAH is divided into two, statewide divisions: General Jurisdiction Division and the Special Education Division.  See photo.

Date Published: January 21, 2015

CALIFORNIA'S STATE VEHICLE FLEET AMONG TOP 100 GREENEST IN NORTH AMERICA

For the third year in a row, California has been named a “Top 100 Government Green Fleet” operator during the annual Green Fleet Conference held this year in Sacramento.

The state’s vehicle fleet was named 18th ‘greenest’ out of 100 public sector fleets in North America. The award, which is open to all federal, state, and local governments, is judged based on fleet composition, fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement, and supporting programs.

The award nomination, submitted on behalf of the state by the California Department of General Services, highlighted California’s commitment to Governor Brown’s zero emission vehicle executive order (B-16-12), as well as DGS’ continued development of sustainable fleet policies that emphasize the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles and the reduction of petroleum usage.

Read more about the award winnershttp://the100bestfleets.com/gf_winners_2014.htm

Date Published: November 19, 2014

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR TO RETIRE

 


 Announcement comes after nearly four decades in public service. Click here to read more.

Date Published: November 10, 2014

DGS DELIVERS STATE CHRISTMAS TREE TO CAPITOL

The Department of General Services delivered the state’s official Christmas tree to the State Capitol today in preparation for the holiday season.

See a photo album of today’s tree delivery.

DGS Real Estate Services Division tree cutters and groundskeepers offloaded the white fir from a CAL FIRE truck this morning and worked with a crane operator to guide the tree into place on the Capitol’s west lawn.

DGS crews will spend several days trimming the tree with 500 hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services. The ornaments are created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers. The tree will also feature 10,000 ultra-low-wattage, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

On November 3, a DGS tree crew cut down the tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding and prepared the tree for transport. The Latour Demonstration State Forest is one of eight state forests operated by CAL FIRE.  These forests are used to host research projects, and demonstrate improved forest management practices, from timber production and environmental stewardship, to public recreation uses.  

Date Published: November 4, 2014

CALIFORNIA'S 2014 CHRISTMAS TREE TO BE CUT AND DELIVERED TO STATE CAPITOL

On November 3, a tree crew from the California Department of General Services will cut down the state’s official Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding and prepare the tree for transport. Once set up of the tree is complete the following day, DGS crews will spend several days trimming the tree in preparation for Holiday festivities at the State Capitol.

Date Published: October 31, 2014

STATE ANNOUNCES $94 MILLION FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS 

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $94 million for school construction projects throughout the state.

Date Published: October 16, 2014

DGS ISSUES GUIDANCE ON GREENER STATE DATA CENTERS

The Department of General Services has released new guidelines designed to enhance energy efficiency in data centers and server rooms at state-owned and leased buildings.

The guidelines – a result of Governor Brown’s green building executive order which calls for more energy efficient state buildings and operations- will help state agencies improve the efficiency of their facilities, reduce costs, and reduce their impact on the environment.

The guidelines were developed by DGS in cooperation with the California Department of Technology, California Energy Commission, California Environmental Protection Agency, CalRecycle, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Read more: Management Memo 14-09.

Date Published: October 15, 2014

DGS HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD FOR "PROCUREMENT EXCELLENCE"

The Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division has been awarded a 2014 George Cronin award by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) for excellence in government procurement practices.

The NASPO-Cronin Award provides national recognition to state procurement programs who demonstrate ground-breaking procurement strategies for innovation, cost reduction, service improvement, and transferability to other programs and states.

The DGS Procurement Division’s multiple award schedules program was honored for its efforts to significantly increase proposal responsiveness and opportunities for proposers to succeed. These actions ultimately increased the award rate to 82 percent; up from 13 percent.

California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) offers a wide variety of commodities, non-IT services and information technology products and services to state and local government at prices which have been assessed to be fair, reasonable and competitive.

Date Published: September 11, 2014

STATE SURPLUS WAREHOUSE OPENS DOORS FOR PUBLIC AUCTION

A public auction will be held September 13 at the State Surplus Property Warehouse, 1700 National Drive, Sacramento (Map)


Auction Preview Day:
Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Auction Day: Saturday, September 13, 2014. 

Pre-auction preview: 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. 

                                    Auction: Begins at 10:00 a.m.

SUMMARY: Hundreds of surplus items ranging from office furniture and computers, to pocket knives, snow globes, and fine jewelry and watches seized by the California Highway Patrol or surrendered to the National Transportation Security Administration will be available for bidding by the general public.  (Full list of items available here).  Many items are sold in bulk packages, while some are sold individually.

NEW PAYMENT POLICYDGS has instituted new payment procedure which is designed to streamline the purchase process at state auctions. Under this new policy:

  • DGS no longer requires a cash deposit to receive a bid paddle.
  • DGS will no longer accept cash for purchases.
  • Only credit card or cashier’s check will be accepted as forms of payment.
  • Each bidder is required to fill out a Registration Form (PDF) and present their driver’s license or state I.D. before receiving a bid paddle.
Date Published: September 10, 2014

GREEN GUIDE FOR GREENER STATE BUILDINGS

The Department of General Services has created a new tool for state agencies to use as they continue to reduce state government’s collective environmental footprint.

The State Administrative Manual now features a central location (Chapter 1800) for state policies that are focused on sustainable building operations and practices. Users will find resources enacted pursuant to Governor Brown’s green building executive order and green building action plan, which calls upon state government to reduce grid-based energy purchases for state-owned buildings by at least 20 percent by 2018.

The manual includes policy guidance ranging from indoor air quality and energy reduction in state buildings to water conservation and efficiency. The material will be updated as additional sustainability policies are released. 

Date Published: August 21, 2014

STATE ANNOUNCES $193.9 MILLION FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $193.9 million for school construction projects throughout the state.

The SAB awarded approximately $100.5 million for 34 School Facility Program (SFP) projects within 21 school districts statewide. The state matching funds for SFP projects are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.  State funding for SFP projects is provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55.

In addition, the SAB has awarded approximately $93.4 million for 489 Emergency Repair Program (ERP) projects within 53 school districts. The ERP provides grant and/or reimbursement funding to school districts for the cost of repairing or replacing existing building systems or structural components that are broken or not functioning properly and which pose a health and safety threat to students and staff at eligible school sites.

Date Published: August 20, 2014


CALIFORNIA ADDS ADDITIONAL SOLAR POWER AT STATE FACILITIES 

The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the completion of two solar power installation projects at a state prison and state hospital in Coalinga totaling 3.22 megawatts (MW) of electrical generating capacity. The solar projects at these facilities are part of the state of California’s continued efforts to combat climate change and utilize clean technology.

The DGS-managed solar power projects installed at Pleasant Valley State Prison (1.22MW) and Coalinga State Hospital (2MW) are among several recent solar power installations at state-owned sites.

“State agencies manage approximately 1,700 facilities that use about $200 million worth of electricity and natural gas every year,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “Efficient operation of state facilities, including on-site renewable energy generation, is critical to achieving Governor Brown’s climate goals.” 

Date Published: August 18, 2014

DGS UPDATES GUIDELINES FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT AT STATE BUILDINGS


The Department of General Services has released the latest in a series of management memos focused on sustainable facilities and green government operations.

Read more about Standard Operating Procedures for Energy Management in State Buildings.

Date Published: July 31, 2014

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES NEW CENTRAL VALLEY SCHOOL

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony on June 28 for Mountain House High School in Mountain House, California.  

The new high school will provide learning space for approximately 2,000 Lammersville Unified School District students in San Joaquin County, while construction of the project bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The project received over $31 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) New Construction Program to build the high school.  In addition to 76 classrooms, the school includes a multipurpose room and kitchen, gymnasium, library/media center, athletic field and tennis courts.  The project also included the purchase of 46 acres for the new school site.

The New Construction Program provides state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for eligible projects.

OPSC serves as staff to the SAB and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: July 1, 2014

NORTHERN CA MEET THE BUYERS EXPO COMING IN SEPTEMBER

The California Department of General Services, Real Estate Services Division, Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Outreach Program is pleased to announce the first Northern California Meet the Buyers Expo 2014. The expo will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ziggurat building, located at 707 3rd Street in West Sacramento.

The expo will benefit small and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise businesses who are interested in the various contracting opportunities available through the Real Estate Services Division and it will provide businesses with the tools needed to be successful with the state contracting process.

Please view the flyer for more information. Registration details will follow in the near future.

Date Published: May 30, 2014

VIDEO: CALIFORNIA DROUGHT: EVERY DROP COUNTS!

California is experiencing one of the driest years on record. In January 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought state of emergency and asked every Californian to reduce water use 20 percent.

State agencies, led by the California Department of General Services, are implementing water reduction plans for all state facilities.

Watch a short video on the various water-saving measures undertaken by DGS.

Date Published: May 12, 2014

STATE TO PURSUE DROUGHT-TOLERANT LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION IN CAPITOL PARK


As record dry conditions persist across the state, the California Department of General Services (DGS) will roll-out a new drought-tolerant irrigation and landscaping program this week to preserve the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi – home to hundreds of historic trees, many more than a century old.

“During this time of historic drought it is incumbent upon our department to be good stewards of all the state’s resources.  But while we must safeguard the historic trees and other unique plant assets of the park so that they can be enjoyed by future generations, we must also find forward-thinking ways to save water wherever possible,” said DGS Director Fred Klass.

DGS, which is responsible for maintaining state facilities including the State Capitol grounds, halted spray irrigation in Capitol Park last November – nearly 200 days ago – to help conserve water during the typically-wetter winter months. During that time, DGS has explored ways to further reduce water usage in the park.

Since Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared the Drought State of Emergency in January, DGS has taken steps to maximize the efficiency of water used at the Capitol including:

  • State-of-the-art irrigation technologies are being utilized, including advanced timers.
  • Dozens of inefficient spray sprinkler heads have been replaced with more efficient watering methods such as bubblers, drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses.
  • More than a cubic ton of mulch has been added to flower beds and tree wells throughout the park to help retain moisture by reducing evaporation, and mulch is regularly being replenished.
  • Efforts are underway to replace seasonal flowers and annuals with drought-tolerant plants with an emphasis on native Californian varieties.
  • Different irrigation techniques are being explored, including cycling between watering different areas for a shorter duration but with greater frequency. This will allow time for improved absorption, resulting in an overall reduction of water use.
  • A moratorium on non-essential landscaping projects, including the planting of annuals and other decorative varietals, continues to be enforced.
  • Fountains and decorative water features remain turned off.

In order to preserve historic trees, which are already showing signs of stress during the ongoing drought, targeted, seasonal watering will resume at Capitol Park this week on a limited basis following the six-month hiatus.

These actions are part of a larger effort by DGS to reduce overall water use in the park by 20 percent over 2013 totals in line with the conservation goals outlined in the Governor’s January proclamation.

Background

Capitol Park – established in 1860 – is the oldest arboretum west of the Mississippi and an important part of California’s vitality and history. The 40-acre park is home to 968 trees – some more than 100 years old – and hundreds of other plantings with historical and cultural significance.

The trees and plants in Capitol Park rely on a complex irrigation system that includes more than 1,000 spray heads and is operated by a smart irrigation controller that is monitored on a daily basis. 

Approximately 85 percent of the lawn at Capitol Park overlays tree roots which, due to historic watering practices, have extensive but shallow root systems and derive their water almost exclusively from lawn irrigation. Therefore, sustaining the health of the park’s trees, in many cases, necessitates the use of the spray irrigation that waters the lawn.

Those areas of lawn that do not overlay tree roots will not be watered and will be allowed to die.

While irrigation will only take place during nighttime hours, testing of sprinkler heads will occur during the day with DGS staff monitoring. 

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent – visit SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part, and visit Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought.

Date Published: May 9, 2014

STATE ANNOUNCES $372.2 MILLION FOR SHOVEL-READY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The State Allocation Board (SAB) announced today that it has awarded approximately $372.2 million for 105 school construction projects within 43 school districts throughout the state. The state matching funds are distributed to local school districts to help finance shovel-ready school construction projects or reimburse districts for projects already completed using local funds.  State funding for these projects are provided by bonds authorized under Propositions 1A, 1D, 47, and 55. 

“The State Allocation Board’s action today provides cash apportionments for 105 school facility projects across the state,” said SAB Chair Eraina Ortega, who also serves as Chief Deputy Director, Policy at the California Department of Finance.  “The Office of Public School Construction will distribute the bond funds to school districts within 90 days so local school construction projects can move forward as quickly as possible.”

Date Published: April 7, 2014

WATER CONSERVATION TRAINING - MARCH 12

Please join the Department of General Services (DGS) for a free water conservation training for government facilities on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (also available via webinar).  This training is designed for facility operators, managers, engineers, technicians, and grounds personnel.   

Training will focus on: 

·         Indoor fixture efficiency upgrades.
·         Urban landscape and irrigation efficiency.
·         Funding resources, incentives, and tools. 

Participants will include representatives from government agencies, universities, utility companies, municipal water districts, non-profits, and professional associations who will share their knowledge of water conservation measures for government facilities.  Please see the agenda and register to attend at www.dgsh2oconservationtraining.eventbrite.com.

Water Conservation Training for Government Facilities
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 8:30AM to 12:30PM
Location: Ziggurat Auditorium at 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento, CA 95606 

The training will also be available via webinar for those interested in attending remotely.  

Click here to register; also available via webinar.

Exhibitor opportunities are still available for government or non-profit organizations.

For more information, please contact sustainability@dgs.ca.gov, or Denise Lewis at 916-375-4756.

Date Published: March 6, 2014

CALIFORNIA K-12 SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY COLLEGES URGED TO CUT WATER USE

In response to Governor Brown’s recent drought state of emergency declaration, California public school administrators have been asked to take immediate measures to reduce water use at campuses throughout the state. 

“California is experiencing the worst drought in our state’s history and Governor Brown is asking every Californian to take extra steps to use water wisely,” said state architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA in a letter to district officials. “I am asking school districts to lead by example in water conservation and water efficiency efforts, wherever possible.”

School officials, who collectively manage approximately 11,000 facilities in 1,200 school districts throughout the state, were supplied with a water conservation best practices guide developed by the California Department of General Services and the Department of Water Resources.

The Division of the State Architect (DSA), which oversees design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, and community colleges, provided school districts with additional resources including a water conservation report card developed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. DSA is also developing guidance for schools on the use of recycled water in concrete used in construction projects.

Date Published: February 24, 2014

STATE AGENCIES TAKE AGGRESSIVE ACTION TO CURB WATER USE ACROSS CALIFORNIA

Across California, state agencies and departments are taking immediate actions to curb water use at their facilities in response to the drought state of emergency declared by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.

The Governor’s state of emergency declaration charged the Department of General Services (DGS) with “immediately implement(ing) water use reduction plans for all state facilities.”

“Throughout state government, we are answering Governor Brown’s call to save water wherever we can,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “DGS is leading water conservation efforts at our state-owned buildings.”

Date Published: February 6, 2014

2013 DGS VALUES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Calif. Department of General Services today announced the winners of the 2013 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. Watch DGS videos about all the winners

Winners included eight individuals and four teams:

  • Candace Melehani, Real Estate Services Division
  • Dan Levernier, Division of the State Architect
  • James Beesley, Real Estate Services Division
  • Maria Gassoumis, Real Estate Services Division
  • Mina Auerbach, Enterprise Technology Solutions
  • Paris Rivera, Office of State Publishing
  • Phyllis Powers, Procurement Division
  • Sylvia Calderon, Real Estate Services Division
  • Asbestos-Containing Materials Team, Real Estate Services Division (Robert Hays, Farin Henson, Henry Keesee, Craig Sheetz, Terry Smith, Ronnie Wood, and Gary Wright)
  • Certification Team, Division of the State Architect (Bob Chase, Will Herald, Ryan Huxley, Craig Rush, Chip Smith, Linda Van Dyke, and Puja Vats)
  • Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section, Procurement Division (Kelli Berliner, Gregory Doe, Vimbai Kajese, Rhonda Kitchen, Mike Namba, Mary Anne Selvage, and Elizabeth Winward)
  • Purchasing Services Section, Office of Business and Acquisition Services (Tanya Aviles-Medeiros, Charis Bledsoe, Richard Brown, Bruce Catalano, Punita Chandra, Eileen Coggins, Cathy Duggan, Raymond Estey, Leticia Garcia, Grace Glover, Randy Graybill, DeDe Ireland, Kathy Kinman, Walter Lee, Jonee Oden, Dahya Patel, Erica Seghesio-Groves, Freddie Sells, Cathy Sharp, Laura Stumpf, Susan Taylor, Sonya Thomas, and  Barbara Verarde; Supervisors: Molly Lovett, Elizabeth Parker, and Rebecca Peters)

    Date Published: January 29, 2014

Archived Press Releases 2012-2013


STATE AGENCIES AWARDED FOR PURCHASING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES, DISABLED VETERANS


On November 13, 2013, the Department of General Services (DGS) presented awards to 45 state agencies and 14 state employees for their outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veterans’ businesses at a ceremony held in Citrus Heights. According to the National Association of Business, small businesses employ more than 51 percent of the workforce in California.


“Small businesses are the backbone of our great state,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “We applaud these organizations and state workers for their leadership in California, and their efforts to expand even in this difficult economy.”

Date Published: November 21, 2013

DGS DELIVERS STATE CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE

The holiday season has arrived at the State Capitol with delivery today of the Capitol Christmas tree.

On November 7, a tree crew from the California Department of General Services cut down the state’s official Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding and prepared the tree for transport and delivery, via Cal Fire truck, on November 8. 

Once set up of the tree is complete, DGS crews will spend several days trimming the tree with 500 hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services. The ornaments are created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.

The tree will also feature 10,000 ultra-low-wattage, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

The Latour Demonstration State Forest is one of eight state forests operated by CAL FIRE

See a photo album of the tree cutting and delivery on the DGS Flickr page.

Date Published: November 8, 2013

CALIFORNIA'S STATE VEHICLE FLEET AMONG THE NATION'S 'GREENEST'

The State of California has been named a “Top 20 Government Green Fleet” operator during the annual Green Fleet Conference held in Arizona earlier this month.

The state’s fleet was named 12th ‘greenest’ out of 100 public sector fleets in the nation, up from 16th in last year’s national awards competition.

The award, which is open to all federal, state, and local governments, is judged based on seven categories: fleet composition, fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education, executive and employee involvement, and supporting programs.

The award nomination, submitted on behalf of the state by the Department of General Services, highlighted California’s commitment to Governor Brown’s fleet reduction Executive Order (B-2-11) and Zero Emission Vehicle Executive Order (B-16-12), as well as DGS’ continued development of sustainable fleet policies that emphasize the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles and the reduction of petroleum usage, where feasible.

Read more on the Government Fleet website.

Date Published: October 22, 2013

DGS-MANAGED BUILDING RENOVATION PROJECT HONORED BY AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

The renovation of the California Department of Motor Vehicles headquarters building—a DGS-managed project—was honored with a Citation Award from the Central Valley American Institute of Architects (AIACV) during its 2013 Design Awards ceremony held October 11 in Sacramento.

The AIA Design Awards are presented to firms that have transformed and elevated the built environment.

The renovation of DMV headquarters, originally built in 1960, was managed for the state by the DGS Real Estate Services Division.  The project transformed interior workspaces, enhanced energy efficiency, and improved the building’s seismic resistance capacity.

The headquarters building recently earned a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for major renovation.

DGS works with other state agencies to ensure that their buildings meet the goals set by Governor Brown through his Green Building Executive Order, which calls for new or renovated state buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED “silver” certification or higher.

Date Published: October 14, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES NEW CHARTER SCHOOL CAMPUS IN ELK GROVE

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 11 to celebrate the opening of the California Montessori Project Elk Grove campus.

Up to 300 students will be able to attend the new educational complex, serving pupils from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The construction of the facility bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The project received approximately $4.7 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) Charter School Facilities Program for the construction of 14 classrooms, kitchen, administration, multi-purpose room, and subsidiary facilities. The funding also included the purchase of more than eight acres of land to house the school.

The Charter School Facilities Program provides state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for the construction of charter school facilities or the rehabilitation of existing school district facilities for charter school use.

OPSC serves as staff to the SAB and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: October 11, 2013

The Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division, Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section was awarded an Honorable Mention by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) for their 2013 George Cronin Award submission. The NASPO-Cronin Award provides national recognition to state procurement programs who demonstrate ground-breaking procurement strategies for innovation, cost reduction, service improvement, and transferability to other programs and states.

Date Published: October 2, 2013

CALIFORNIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION HONORS DGS-MANAGED LIBRARY & COURTS RENOVATION PROJECT

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 17 to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art, two-story classroom building at James A. Garfield Elementary School in Santa Ana.

Date Published: September 30, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION WELCOMES NEW SCHOOL BUILDING IN SANTA ANA

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Deputy Executive Officer Juan Mireles joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 17 to celebrate the opening of the new state-of-the-art, two-story classroom building at James A. Garfield Elementary School in Santa Ana.

Up to 300 students will benefit from the new educational complex at James A. Garfield Elementary School, serving pupils from kindergarten through the fifth grade. The construction of the facility bolstered the local economy through the creation of jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The project received approximately $5 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) Overcrowding Relief Grant program for the construction of 12 multi-level kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms and a multipurpose room. The funding also included a grant for urban security.

The Overcrowding Relief Grant program, which provides state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for eligible projects, enables districts to reduce the number of portable classrooms on overcrowded school sites and replace them with permanent classrooms.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program. 
Date Published: September 19, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES NEW SCHOOL OPENING IN DELANO

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12 to celebrate the opening of the Pioneer School in Delano, California.

Up to 1,500 students will benefit from the new educational complex at Pioneer School serving pupils from kindergarten through the eighth grade. The construction of the facility bolsters the local economy through the creation of more than 800 jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The Pioneer School new construction project received approximately $39 million in state funding, including $711,154 for energy saving High Performance Incentive Grants. Additionally, facilities such as an administration office, a library, gym, multipurpose room, terraced amphitheater, play courts, and an outdoor learning field were constructed. The New Construction Program provides state funds on a state and local sharing basis for eligible projects.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: September 16, 2013

STATE SURPLUS PROPERTY AUCTION IN SACRAMENTO, 9/14/13

The California Department of General Services will hold one of its regularly scheduled state Surplus Property Public Auctions in Sacramento on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The auction will take place at 1700 National Drive in Sacramento.

Preview Day, Friday, September 13, 2013: Items may be previewed the business day before the auction from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and the day of the auction from 8:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The auctions begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Date Published: September 11, 2013

DGS PARTNERS WITH SMUD TO SAVE ENERGY IN STATE BUILDINGS 

Department of General Services Director Fred Klass recently talked about energy savings in state buildings through a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and SMUD's smart grid initiative.

Watch the SMUD video!

Date Published: September 11, 2013

STATE ANNOUNCES SAVINGS FROM AGREEMENT TO CUT GOVERNMENT TRAVEL COSTS

Discounts on airfares resulting in savings of nearly half a million dollars

The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced that an agreement with Southwest Airlines to provide air travel discounts has saved the state and local government travelers on official business more than $469,000 for the year ending March 31, 2013.

“Each day state public safety officials, inspectors, regulators and other employees must travel to support mission critical activities,” said DGS Director Fred Klass. “The agreement with Southwest Airlines cuts travels costs and helps improve the fiscal bottom line for state and local government agencies.” 

Date Published: August 29, 2013

DGS HONORED BY DISABLED VETERANS BUSINESS OWNERS GROUP

The Department of General Services announced today that it has been honored by the Elite Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Network with an award for Outstanding Leadership for assisting disabled veteran business enterprises (DBVE) compete for state contracting opportunities.

The award was presented to DGS Procurement Division representatives at the group’s national conference last week in San Diego.

As the state’s business manager, DGS oversees state contracting and procurement practices including the certification of small businesses and DVBEs to help them compete for a share of the approximately $8 billion the state spends annually for goods, services, information technology, construction and public works. Most recently, the state has directed $2.4 billion to small businesses.

Date Published: August 27, 2013

DGS OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES TWO GRAND OPENINGS IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in two grand opening ceremonies on August 23 at schools in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District: South Tahoe High’s sports medicine facility, and Bijou Community School’s classroom wing.

Approximately 290 students will benefit from the new facility at South Tahoe High. The construction of the facility bolsters the local economy through the creation of over 40 jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The South Tahoe High project received approximately $2.2 million in state funding from the Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) for the construction of one classroom and includes space for hand therapy, whirlpool therapy, physical therapy and conditioning, and swimming. The academy will offer students two career paths: athletic fitness trainer or physical therapist. Students will be able to take courses leading to certification in first aid, CPR , AED (automated external defibrillator), and personal training. The grant also provided structural renovation of the weight room to accommodate its connection to the new building.

The project at Bijou Community School (pictured above) provided approximately 225 students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of almost 70 jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The Bijou Community School project received approximately $3.6 million in state funding from the Overcrowding Relief Grant (ORG) and High Performance Incentive (HPI) grant programs to replace nine portable buildings with a permanent building consisting of nine classrooms with high performance energy and environmental sustainability features including site selection, water conservation, enhanced indoor environmental quality, sustainable materials and energy efficiency; and new exterior paint for the whole campus. The grant relieved overcrowding by restoring hard court and play fields to their intended use.

The CTEFP provides money for the construction of facilities that integrate Career Technical Education programs into comprehensive high schools, which creates a pathway to postsecondary education and careers for the students. The Overcrowding Relief Grant Program enables districts to reduce the number of portable classrooms on overcrowded school sites and replace them with permanent classrooms. The HPI grant program is a supplemental grant available to school districts implementing energy efficiency, water conservation, and other sustainable building elements into their projects.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: August 27, 2013

SOLD! INSIDE CALIFORNIA'S SURPLUS PROPERTY AUCTION

Several times a year, the Department of General Service’s Office of Fleet and Asset Management holds state surplus property auctions at the state warehouse located at 1700 National Drive in Sacramento. 

Hundreds of surplus property items ranging from surplus office furniture, computers and cell phones from state agencies, to property seized by the California Highway Patrol or confiscated by the National Transportation Security Administration are on sale to the general public.

Watch “SOLD! Inside California’s surplus property auction” on DGS TV.

Date Published: August 21, 2013

DGS HONORED BY CALIFORNIA HISPANIC CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

The Department of General Services announced today that it has been honored by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce with the group’s 2013 Diversity Award. The award is given to organizations that advocate and are leaders in reaching out to underrepresented and emerging small business.

This is the first time the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC) has honored a state government agency with the Diversity Award, which was presented to DGS Procurement Division representatives at the CAHCC annual statewide conference in Oakland.

As the state’s business manager, DGS oversees state contracting and procurement practices including the certification of small businesses to help them compete for a share of the approximately $8 billion the state spends annually for goods, services, information technology, construction and public works. Most recently, the state has directed $2.4 billion to small businesses.

Date Published: August 20, 2013

CALIFORNIA DIVISION OF THE STATE ARCHITECT IMPLEMENTS INSPECTION CARD SYSTEM

The Department of General Service's Division of the State Architect is implementing a new approach to standardize the public school construction project certification process.

Watch a DGS TV video on the subject.

Date Published: August 19, 2013


BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION WEBINAR

The July publication of the 2013 California Building Standards Code, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, has prompted jurisdictions statewide to adopt the new code and complete local amendments as necessary.

The California Building Standards Commission (BSC) in collaboration with the International Code Council, California Building Officials, and Stuart Tom, Chief Building Official, City of Glendale recently presented a webinar on the code adoption process for local jurisdictions.  This timely and instructive presentation is one hour and thirteen minutes in length:

• Webinar via YouTube
• Webinar slide presentation only (pdf)

Date Published: August 5, 2013

DGS KICKS OFF QUARTERLY VALUES SPEAKER SERIES

The Department of General Services Values Speaker Series is a new quarterly event featuring dynamic community leaders that foster a values-based culture in their organizations. The inaugural event was held on Wednesday, July 17, with an engaging presentation from retired Sacramento Police Department Chief Rick Braziel.  Stay tuned this fall for information on our next speaker.

View the archived webcast from the event.

Date Published: July 22, 2013

DGS HELPS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES MOVE TO ZERO NEY ENERGY BUILDINGS

Next week, the Calif. Department of General Services, in partnership with the Calif. Public Utilities Commission and the New Buildings Institute, is co-hosting the first-ever Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Early Adopters Leadership Network to share lessons learned, identify opportunities and barriers, and support achievement of ZNE goals.  Simply put, a zero net energy building produces as much energy as it uses annually.

Governor Brown has directed that all new state buildings and major renovations beginning design after 2025 be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities with an interim target for 50 percent of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be Zero Net Energy. State agencies shall also take measures toward achieving Zero Net Energy for 50 percent of the square footage of existing state-owned building area by 2025.

The initial ZNE Early Adopters meeting will be held at the DGS offices in West Sacramento on July 16th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. followed by an opportunity to network with participants. All interested state agencies are encouraged to attend. The Early Adopters Leadership Network is open to any public agency and their building design consultants.

Read more.

Date Published: July 12, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES OPENING OF A NEW SCHOOL IN ESCONDIDO

The Office of Public School Construction’s Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a grand opening ceremony this week for the Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science in Escondido.

The project will provide approximately 800 Escondido Union High School District students a place to learn, while the construction of the school bolsters the local economy through the creation of over 390 jobs and the purchase of building materials. 

Date Published: June 21, 2013

STATE'S LA CIVIC CENTER PARCEL SOLD TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

The California Deparment of General Services (DGS) today announced the successful sale of the state’s Los Angeles Civic Center parcel.  The Los Angeles City Board of Recreation and Parks plans to turn the property into a park, as it currently sits adjacent to “Grand Park” in Los Angeles across from City Hall.

In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown directed DGS to target any underutilized or surplus properties that could be sold to generate revenues to pay down state debt.  Since that time, DGS has sold 12 properties, generating nearly $50 million in revenue for the state.

Date Published: June 17, 2013

STATE TO SELL 81 ACRES IN NORTHERN SAN JOSE: PROPERTY ON SITE OF FORMER AGNEWS DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER

The Department of General Services (DGS), the department charged with managing the state’s real estate, announced today that it intends to sell approximately 81 acres of surplus real estate located in the Golden Triangle of Silicon Valley. DGS began marketing the property June 4 and buyers have until October 3, 2013 to submit proposals to purchase and develop the site that was once a portion of the former Agnews Developmental Center.

Date Published: June 10, 2013

STATE ANNOUNCES $520 MILLION FOR SHOVEL-READY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The State Allocation Board 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.

See which school districts are receiving funding
.

Date Published: May 22, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION HELPS DEDICATE NEW SCHOOL IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

The Office of Public School Construction’s (OPSC) Executive Officer Lisa Silverman joined local officials in a dedication ceremony on May 10 for the 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.

The project received approximately $50 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) New Construction and Career Technical Education Facilities programs for the construction of 92 ninth -12th grade classrooms. Additionally, facilities such as administration, library and a gymnasium were constructed. The funding also allowed for the purchase of 62.63 acres of land.

The New Construction Program and Career Technical Education Facilities Program provide state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for eligible projects.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: May 13, 2013

VIDEO: DGS HELPS KEEP CAPITOL PARK "ON THE GROW"

California's State Capitol Park includes 40 acres of landscaping with hundreds of species of tree, shrubs, and flowers, as well as many memorials and monuments. The California Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division is responsible for maintaining park grounds.

Watch a DGS TV video about Capitol Park in springtime on our YouTube channel.

Date Published: May 13, 2013

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION HELPS DEDICATE NEW SCHOOL IN L.A.

The 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. 

The new facility provides learning space for 702 Los Angeles Unified School District students, while the construction of the school bolstered the local economy through the creation of approximately 400 jobs and the purchase of building materials.

The project received approximately $21 million in state funding from the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) Overcrowding Relief Grant program for the construction of 26 multi-level 9th-12th grade classrooms. Additional facilities including administration offices, a library, and a gymnasium were also constructed. The funding also allowed for the purchase of 4.98 acres of land, and includes grants for high performance sustainable building and operation features such as enhanced energy efficiency, as well as security.

The Overcrowding Relief Grant provides state funds on a 50/50 state and local sharing basis for eligible projects.

OPSC serves as staff to the State Allocation Board and implements and administers a $35 billion voter-approved school facilities construction program.

Date Published: April 29, 2013

DGS WINS GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARD

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. 

Read more about GLAAACC.

Date Published: April 15, 2013

STATE COMPLETES UPGRADES TO STANLEY MOSK LIBRARY & COURTS BUILDING

In one of the most extensive projects of its kind, the California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced 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 at 914 Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento, is home to the California Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and the California State Library.  “From floor to ceiling, this renovation project has resulted in a safer, more accessible building that is also more energy efficient,” said DGS director Fred Klass. “This iconic state government building takes advantage of 21st Century technology while also preserving its early 20th Century beauty and architectural importance.” 

Read the project fact sheet.

Date Published: April 5, 2013

NEW CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY

The 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. 

Date Published: January 25, 2013

DGS WINS STATE'S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL HONOR

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.

The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California's precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening California’s economy.

Read more about the award.

See photos and sustainable features of the plant.

Watch a DGS YouTube video about the plant.

Date Published: January 23, 2013

PHARMACEUTICALS CONTRACT WILL SAVE STATE NEARLY $18M

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. 

Date Published: January 17, 2013

STATE PLUGS-IN TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES & CHARGING STATIONS

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. Four of these locations have a total of 19 charging stations accessible to the public.

Date Published: December 20, 2012

PROPOSED LEASE DOCUMENTS BETWEEN STATE, USC

Draft documents regarding the proposed lease negotiations between the state and the University of Southern California (USC) are now available for review and public comment at the California State and Consumer Services Agency website.

Date Published: December 18, 2012

STATE AGENCIES RECOGNIZED FOR PURCHASING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES, DISABLED VETERANS 

Today, the 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. According to the National Association of Business, small businesses employ more than 51 percent of the workforce in California. 

"These state agencies and employees are leading the effort to create a small business-friendly state.  We applaud them for their efforts,” said DGS Director Fred Klass.

Annually, state agencies work to meet a goal of doing at least 25 percent of purchasing and contracting with small businesses. Furthermore, California’s Veterans and Military Code’s goal is to purchase at least three percent of all goods and services from Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (DVBE).

Date Published: November 14, 2012

Surplus State Vehicle Auction on Wednesday

Surplus state vehicle public auction is Wed., 11/14 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.

Date Published: November 8, 2012

DGS HELPS STATE AGENCIES CUT ENERGY BILLS

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.

Date Published: November 1, 2012

GOV. BROWN APPOINTS JERRY HILL AS STATE PRINTER

As State Printer, Jerry Hill oversees the Department of General Service's 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. 

For the past six years, Jerry Hill has served as the Communications Manager for the Department of Justice and he comes to the Department of General Services with a long and distinguished background in the printing industry.  Mr. Hill began his career more than 40 years ago alongside his father in his family’s printing business.  After running his family’s business in the late 60s and early 70s, he went into business for himself, specializing in short run color printing and publications.

In the late 70s, Mr. Hill began teaching high school and community college students in graphic communications, and continued doing so until the late 90s.  He later went on to hold positions as sales executive, director of sales, national account sales manager, general manager and chief operations officer for such companies as K/P Graphics Corporation, Pizzaz Printing and Publishing, Smith Erickson Advertising, Western Publishing, UARCO Business Forms, Mail Well, Anderson Lithograph and Consolidated Graphics.

In the 2000s, Mr. Hill formed Hill’s Consulting, providing print industry consultation services on a number of regional and national projects.

Outside of work, Mr. Hill has been active in the YMCA, Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, while also pursuing golf and endurance sports, completing numerous marathons and triathlons including the Western States 100 Mile endurance run.

Date Published: October 25, 2012

DGS SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER NAMED LEED FELLOW

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.

The prestigious LEED Fellow credential honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national or international level. As a LEED Fellow, Dan will share his green building and design knowledge and experience by participating on committees related to LEED, through speaking engagements, and by publishing articles, case studies and other materials to help nourish the green building profession. 

Dan is a California-licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry. As sustainability manager for DGS, he coordinates policy development and implementation focused on state government buildings, energy efficiency and resource efficiency.  On behalf of DGS, Dan led an interagency team that developed Governor Brown’s Green Building Executive Order B-18-12, and Green Building Action Plan.  He also advises the federal government on green building practices and codes and teaches LEED certification classes online.

To read more about how DGS and other state agencies are working to reduce state government’s environmental footprint through sustainable buildings, purchasing and fleet operations, please visit Green California.

Date Published: October 19, 2012

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WINS "TRAILBLAZER" AWARD

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.

As part of its annual convention, NAPABA honors a member from each region of the country with a Trailblazer award. Past awardees include California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye and California Supreme Court Justices Ming Chin and Harry Low, among many others.

Prior to joining OAH, Judge Brown was a senior enforcement attorney for the California Department of Insurance, where she practiced for more than ten years in the Enforcement Division, prosecuting licensing cases before OAH, and also litigated employment matters before the California State Personnel Board.  Judge Brown also worked as an enforcement attorney for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, where she enforced pesticide laws related to consumer protection and the protection of farm workers.  Prior to her legal career, Judge Brown was a civil engineer for Caltrans. Judge Brown received her law degree (J.D.) from UNC, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law, and her B.S. from the University of California, Davis, with a double major in Civil Engineering and Materials Science.

Part of the Department of General Services, the Office of Administrative Hearings is an independent state agency that resolves disputes between individuals and government agencies. OAH is divided into two, statewide divisions: the General Jurisdiction Division and the Special Education Division. Watch a DGS YouTube video about OAH.

Date Published: October 19, 2012

STATE RECEIVES GOVERNMENT GREEN FLEET AWARD

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.

The Government Green Fleet Award is open to all federal, state, and local government fleets in North America. The evaluation criteria for the award are divided into several key categories, including fleet composition, fleet policies, fuel usage, and fleet utilization.

DGS, through its Office of Fleet and Asset Management, provides oversight of the state’s vehicle and mobile equipment fleet. DGS continues to lead efforts to right-size and green the state’s fleet on several fronts, including the recent announcement that state departments cut 7,112 vehicles from the state fleet. DGS has also instructed state agencies to increase the use of alternative fuels, utilize re-built automotive parts & recycled oil, and ensure that future light-duty state passenger vehicles feature 'cool paints' on their exteriors.

Date Published: October 12, 2012

SURPLUS STATE VEHICLE AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY

Surplus 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. Auction is located behind the CalFire equipment facility.  Public viewing and registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Date Published: October 8, 2012


DGS HELPS 'GREEN' CALTRANS HEADQUARTERS IN MARYSVILLE

The 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.

Governor Brown’s Green Building Executive Order calls for new or renovated state buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED “Silver” certification or higher. To date, state-owned or leased buildings have been awarded approximately 90 LEED certifications.

Representatives from the DGS Real Estate Services Division (RESD) and Caltrans were formally presented with a LEED plaque and certificate at a ceremony on September 25th by representatives of the construction and design team: Turner Construction Company, AC Martin Partners, and Glumac.

Date Published: September 27, 2012

OFFICE OF STATE PUBLISHING HONORED BY PRINTING INDUSTRY

The 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.

OSP provides printing and communication solutions including graphic design, video production and multi-media services to state agencies. In business since 1850, OSP annually prints 3.3 million tax booklets and forms, seven million DMV handbooks, voter guides, as well as 3,000 legislative bills for the State Legislature.

Date Published: September 11, 2012

DGS PROPOSES CHANGES TO INCREASE NEGOTIATIONS ON IT PURCHASING 

The 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. 

To access the proposed revisions, click the following:

Send your tracked comments or questions to the DGS Procurement Division’s Office of Policies, Procedures and Legislation at PPO@dgs.ca.gov.

Date Published: September 7, 2012

DGS LAUNCHES GREEN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

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. 

The Green California site has the latest information on what DGS and other state departments are doing in the areas of energy efficient building design and construction, renewable energy generation at state facilities, environmentally preferable purchasing, and green vehicle policies.  

Date Published: September 4, 2012

DGS HOLDS SURPLUS STATE VEHICLE AUCTION IN DAVIS

Surplus state vehicle public auction is Wednesday., 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.

Date Published: August 27, 2012

CALIFORNIA ELIMINATES 7,112 NONESSENTIAL VEHICLES

The Department of General Services (DGS) continues to support California small businesses, microbusiness, and disabled veteran business enterprises by meeting and exceeding state contracting goals.  

Date Published: August 27, 2012


NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY ANNOUNCES BIOENERGY PLAN

The California Natural Resources Agency announced a bioenergy plan to develop clean energy, create jobs and protect public health and safety.  

Date Published: August 22, 2012

DGS TOPS SMALL BUSINESS & DISABLED VETERAN ENTERPRISE CONTRACT GOALS

The 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.

Contracting participation by DGS division or office:

Division or Office

SB/MB

DVBE

Administration Division

38.4%

7.7%

Administrative Hearings

37.8%

0.003%

Division of the State Architect

45.3%

7.3%

Executive Office

16.2%

2.3%

Information Technology Resources

59%

3.2%

Interagency Support Division

62%

19.6%

Procurement Division

14.6%

1.2%

Real Estate Services Division

35.8%

9.1%


Date Published: August 21, 2012

DGS CONNECTS WITH THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AT CALCON EXPO

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.

The next CalCon Expo will be held August 21-22, 2013 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The 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.

Cal-PCA provides professional development courses and workshops for state agency acquisition specialists to instill essential knowledge about state procurement policies and laws, and to improve the state's contracting processes. Graduates receive certificates that may be required for their department's delegated purchasing authority.

Date Published: July 31, 2012

STATE ANNOUNCES $637.6 MILLION FOR SHOVEL-READY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

The 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.

Date Published: June 27, 2012

DGS HONORED BY ENGINEERS & WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION

The 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.

Date Published: June 19, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING WORK

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. Mandell was the recipient of the 2012 John Lopez award for his outstanding efforts to help small and disabled veteran business owners receive valuable state purchasing dollars at the 2012 Keeping the Promise (KTP) Disabled Veteran Business Alliance Expo. The expo is the largest DVBE Outreach event held each year; Mandell is only the fourth person to receive the recognition.

Date Published: June 11, 2012

DGS WINS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD 

The 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.

Date Published: June 7, 2012

AGENCIES DIRECTED TO MAXIMIZE ALT-FUEL USE IN STATE VEHICLES

The 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.

Date Published: June 5, 2012

DGS-MANAGED PROJECT FOR STATE PARKS GETS UNDERWAY

 

The 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.

Date Published: May 31, 2012

DGS-MANAGED PROJECT IN SO. CALIF. WINS DESIGN PROJECT OF YEAR AWARD

The 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.

Date Published: May 21, 2012

DGS SEEKS GREENER STATE AUTO FLEET

The 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.

Date Published: May 21, 2012

DGS CONSOLIDATES FLEET SERVICES

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.

Date Published: May 15, 2012

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY AS CA SMALL BUSINESS MONTH

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.

Date Published: May 11, 2012

DGS RECEIVES SIOC AWARDS

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.

Date Published: May 11, 2012

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2012 GEELA

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.

Date Published: May 9, 2012

DGS HONORED WITH GREEN LEADERSHIP AWARD

The 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.

Date Published: May 7, 2012

STATE SURPLUS PROPERTY AUCTION IN SACRAMENTO, 5/5/12

The California Department of General Services will hold one of its regularly scheduled state Surplus Property Public Auctions in Sacramento on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The auction will take place at 1700 National Drive in Sacramento.

Date Published: May 2, 2012

STATE ARCHITECT ACCESS CODE FORUMS 

As 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.

Date Published: May 2, 2012

NOTICE OF MEETING OF LA STATE BUILDING AUTHORITY

The next Los Angeles State Building Authority (LASBA) meeting is scheduled for May 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM in the first floor auditorium of the Ronald Reagan State Office Building – 300 South Spring Street, Los Angeles.


Date Published: April 30, 2012

NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE PAGE

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has launched a new customer service page.  DGS upholds a commitment to customer service, including the review of customer satisfaction, and is focused on improving customer service satisfaction.

Date Published: April 10, 2012

DGS SUPPORTS STATE'S FI$CAL TRANSFORMATION

FI$Cal (Financial Information System for California) is a business transformation project for state government in the areas of budgeting, accounting, and procurement.

Date Published: March 5, 2012
The Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division, Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section was awarded an Honorable Mention by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) for their 2013 George Cronin Award submission. The NASPO-Cronin Award provides national recognition to state procurement programs who demonstrate ground-breaking procurement strategies for innovation, cost reduction, service improvement, and transferability to other programs and states.
Date Published: October 2, 2013

Archived Press Releases 2010-2011

NEW STATE ARCHITECT APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

The Department of General Services today released the following statement from Chester "Chet" Widom who was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown today to serve as California's State Architect, charged with overseeing the Division of the State Archtiect within the Department of General Services.

Date Published: December 7, 2011  

STATE AGENCY RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR CONTRACTING ANNOUNCED

At a ceremony in Citrus Heights, the Department of General Services today presented awards to nine state agencies and 16 state employees for their outstanding work with California small businesses and disabled veterans’ businesses. Small businesses employ more than 51 percent of the work force in California, according to the National Association of Business.

Date Published: November 09, 2011

The California Department of General Services is co-hosting "Connecting Point 2011" on November 3 at the Citrus Heights Community Center to help small businesses interested in doing business with state government agencies.

Date Published: October 26, 2011

STATE UTILITY PLANT ACHIEVES HIGHEST POSSIBLE 'GREEN' RATING


The Department of General Services announced today that the state’s central utility plant has become the third state facility to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum, the highest level of “green” building design certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The central utility plant provides chilled water and steam to cool and heat 23 state-owned buildings in downtown Sacramento. 

Date Published: September 19, 2011

DGS VIDEO: TURNING GREEN INTO PLATINUM 

The DGS central utility plant has won the highest possible green building rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Date Published: September 19, 2011

IRANIAN CONTRACTING ACT, 2010 LIST OF PROHIBITED ENTITIES. 

Entities prohibited from contracting with public entities in California per the Iranian Contracting Act, 2010. Read the list.

Date Published: September 16, 2011
The California Department of General Services announced today that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed legislation (AB 1272) authorizing DGS to dispose of excess state property.

Date Published: August 22, 2011

DGS CENTRAL PLANT HONORED BY BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE

Date Published: July 7, 2011
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that an executive order to purge unnecessary vehicles has already cut the state's fleet by 3,800, which is expected to save $11.4 million next year and bring in $5 million from auction revenue. 

Date Published: July 7, 2011

DGS TO SAVE $2 MILLION ANNUALLY BY ELIMINATING FOUR STATE GARAGES

The Department of General Services announced today that it will save the State more than $2 million annually by closing its Fresno, Los Angeles and Oakland fleet garages and its San Diego fleet office, and eliminating preventative maintenance in its Sacramento garage within one year.

Date Published: June 15, 2011

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE LOS ANGELES STATE BUILDING AUTHORITY

L.A. State Building Authority public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles in the auditorium- 1st Floor.  

Date Published: June 10, 2011

STATE OF CALIFORNIA OFFICE BUILDINGS IN LA & NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED 'GREEN'

Furthering California's energy and environmental goals, the California Department of General Services today announced that two Caltrans district headquarters buildings have been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Date Published: May 20, 2011

NEW INCENTIVES PROMOTE 'GREEN' SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

The Department of General Services announced today that new regulations recently took effect that will encourage California K-12 public school districts to incorporate ‘green,’ high performance features in their facilities.

Date Published: March 22, 2011
In a move that will save taxpayers $6 billion dollars over the next 35 years, Governor Jerry Brown today called off the previous administration’s “short-sighted” proposal to sell and leaseback 11 state properties.

Date Published: February 9, 2011

GOVERNOR BROWN ORDERS IMMEDIATE STATE CAR CUTBACK

In an effort to cut the state’s passenger vehicle fleet in half, Governor Jerry Brown today directed all state agencies and departments to immediately halt new car purchases and turn in taxpayer-funded cars that are not essential to state business.

Date Published: January 28, 2011

STATE SELECTS DEVELOPER FOR STATE PROPERTY IN CHINO 

The Department of General Services today announced that Majestic Realty Company has been chosen to lease and develop 150 acres of state-owned property in Chino; guaranteeing the state a new revenue stream to support the General Fund for years to come.

Date Published: January 24, 2011

CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL 2010 "GRID NEUTRAL" AWARDS

The California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect today announced the winners of the first-ever Grid Neutral Awards for K–12 schools.

Date Published: December 10, 2010

DGS VIDEO: CALIFORNIA'S GREEN FLEET

The CA Dept. of General Services offers a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles to travelers on state business.

Date Published: November 16, 2010

STATE'S CENTRAL PLANT MARKS GRAND OPENING: PLANT HEATS & COOLS 20,000 STATE EMPLOYEES

This final event is scheduled to mark completion of the new Central Plant that heats and cools the Capitol and 22 state office buildings.

Date Published: November 8, 2010

OFFICIAL STATE CHRISTMAS TREE ARRIVES AT THE CAPITOL

The annual cutting, transport and set-up of the official state Christmas tree, which will happen rain or shine.

Date Published: November 5, 2010


CALIFORNIA NAMES BUYER FOR ORANGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Department of General Services announced that it intends to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa to Facilities Management West (FMW) of Orange County for $100 million.

Date Published: October 18, 2010

STATE OF CALIFORNIA SELECTS BUYER FOR STATE BUILDINGS 

Today, the Department of General Services announced it has selected California First, LLC, a partnership led by Hines and Antarctica Capital Real Estate LLC, as the buyer for 11 state office properties authorized by the legislature and Governor last year. The winning offer was $2.33 billion — resulting in more than $1.2 billion for the state general fund, and $1.09 billion to pay off bonds on the buildings.

Date Published: October 11, 2010

STATE RELEASES $960 MILLION FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

The state of California allocated $960.7 million for school construction projects across the state this week, the largest distribution of school facility funds in more than a year. These state matching funds will help finance 185 school construction projects by local school districts.

Date Published: April 30, 2010

AGREEMENT REACHED TO SELL OC FAIRGROUNDS 

Sacramento, CA-- Today, the state and the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority (Joint Powers Authority that includes the City of Costa Mesa and the Costa Mesa Public Finance Authority) have reached a tentative agreement for the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds for $96 million.  The deal was reached after months of negotiations and requires legislative approval of the final details.


Date Published: June 23, 2010

CALIFORNIA'S CONTRACTING WITH SMALL BUSINESS AND DISABLED VETS EXCEEDS STATE GOALS 

California state agencies in two of the last three years exceeded goals for contracting with small businesses and set a record for contracts with firms owned by disabled veterans, the Department of General Services announced today, releasing reports for the 2007/08 and 2008/09 fiscal years.

Date Published:
March 23, 2010

CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE PORTFOLIO HITS THE MARKET

The California Department of General Services announced today that 11 state office properties, totaling nearly 7.3 million rentable square feet, are now on the market and expected to draw significant interest from capital investors worldwide, potentially eliciting offers in excess of $2 billion for the state.

Date Published:
February 26, 2010

INTERNET BIDDERS LOG ON TO STATE VEHICLE SALE

The Department of General Services fleet division is in the midst of auctioning 50 vehicles online; its largest ever online vehicle auction. The auction will close on February 10, 2010. Participants must register with the site in order to bid on available vehicles.

Date Published:
February 8, 2010

EXPANDING THE WORKFORCE

Helping Californians get work is a top priority these days. First Lady Maria Shriver's WE Include Initiative aims to open the door to opportunities and raise awareness of resources that address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Date Published:
January 21, 2010

RESULTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS PUBLIC AUCTION

Results from the Orange County Fairground auction held in Costa Mesa earlier today are in, and the state will now consider the highest bid of $56.5 million from Dwight Manly and Steve Craig in conjunction with the Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach.

Date Published:
January 14, 2010

ORANGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS PUBLIC AUCTION INSTRUCTIONS

The Orange County Fairground bidders auction will be held Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10 am onsite in the Administration building, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California.

Date Published:
January 13, 2010

Archived Press Releases 2008 - 2009

DGS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH BUILD STATE-OF-THE-ART "GREEN" KITCHEN AT METROPOLITAN STATE HOSPITAL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) SILVER certification from the U S Green Building Council, the new main kitchen at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California is built as a model of energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental responsibility. The new facility opened its doors in the summer of 2009.

Date Published: December 14, 2009


CALIFORNIA SIGNS DEAL WITH BROKER TO SELL $2 BILLION IN REAL ESTATE

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has awarded a contract to CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc (NYSE:CBG) to sell 17 state office buildings to investors.

Date Published: December 11, 2009


CHARITY IN FULL SWING AT STATE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES

In spite of furloughs and tough economic times, DGS state employees continue to open up their hearts and wallets during this holiday season to those less fortunate. State workers from the Department of General Services (DGS) will host several events to give in the coming weeks as they collect gifts for the needy and food for the hungry.

Date Published: December 9, 2009


STATE BUILDINGS PLUG INTO SMART GRID

The State of California is partnering with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento’s Smart Grid Stimulus federal grant program. The $127.5 million program is funded by the US Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Date Published: November 13, 2009


THE STATE’S 2009 CHRISTMAS TREE DELIVERY LIGHTS THE WAY TO THE CAPITOL

Monday November 16, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. marks the beginning of the holiday season when the states’ official Christmas tree is cut from its home on U.S. Forest Service property in Camino and prepared for transport. Adorning the west lawn of the Capital this year is a majestic, 55-foot white fir tree donated by the U.S. Forest Service Institute of Genetics.

Date Published: November 12, 2009

CONSTRUCTION TEAMS PICKED TO BUILD NEW HOMES FOR VETERANS

The Department of General Services and the California Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that Hensel Phelps Construction of San Jose and Costa Mesa-based Clark Design/Bu ...

Date Published: October 23, 2009

DGS DROPS RATES CHARGED TO STATE AGENCIES

The new acting director for the state Department of General Services, Ron Diedrich, has announced in a letter to all state agency secretaries and department directors that his depa ...

Date Published: October 19, 2009

CALIFORNIA'S "GREEN" BUILDING PORTFOLIO CONTINUES TO GROW

Furthering Governor Schwarzenegger's energy and environmental goals, the California Department of General Services today announced that 25 state office buildings have now been award ...

Date Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BUYERS WANTED: STATE TO SELL PRIME REAL ESTATE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The Department of General Services has released the formal Request for Proposals to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Date Published: October 8, 2009

GREAT CALIFORNIA GARAGE SALE A GREAT SUCCESS

The California State and Consumer Services Agency announced today that the Great California Garage Sale was an economic success.

Date Published: August 29, 2009

STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S NEW CENTRAL PLANT ONLINE; HEATING AND COOLING 20,000 STATE WORKERS

State officials and local construction workers gathered at the corner of Q and 7th streets this morning to celebrate the opening of the new Central Plant that heats and cools the C ...

Date Published: August 24, 2009

STATE LAUNCHES IT REFORM PUSH

State officials and represen ...

Date Published: August 11, 2009

SMALL & DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESSES POWER CALIFORNIA ECONOMY

A new study details the financial impact of the state's efforts to increase small and disabled veteran business enterprise participation in the state's goods and services purchasin ...

Date Published: July 14, 2009

STATE EMPLOYEES, GENERAL PUBLIC – GET RID OF E-WASTE … FOR FREE

The California Department of General Services on May 6, 2009, will join numerous state agencies to kick off the 6th annual Keep California Beautiful campaign during a 10 a.

Date Published: May 5, 2009

DGS DIRECTOR RESPONDS TO BSA INVESTIGATION

Today, Department of General Services Director Will Bush released the statement below in response to the Bureau of State Audits (BSA) review of leased space in San Diego: "This i ...

Date Published: April 28, 2009

STATE RELEASES LANDMARK STUDY ON USE OF STATE BUILDINGS

The California Department of General Services today released its highly anticipated "Sacramento Region State Office Planning Study," the first of its kind in four decades.

Date Published: April 16, 2009

STATE ANNOUNCES EFFORT TO FAST-TRACK PLAN REVIEW FOR ‘SHOVEL-READY’ SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Emphasizing a commitment to moving school construction forward, the Division of the State Architect (DSA), which provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools and com ...

Date Published: April 8, 2009

CHARITY IN FULL SWING AT STATE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES

The uncertainties of the economic future have not prevented state employees from opening up their hearts and wallets this year to those less fortunate.

Date Published: December 16, 2008


GETTING CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS OFF THE GRID 

Today, California's State & Consumer Services Agency (SCSA) announced the release of Grid Neutral: Electrical Independence for California Schools and Community Colleges, a step-by-step guide to help C ...

Date Published: December 9, 2008

2008 CALIFORNIA STATE CHRISTMAS TREE EN-ROUTE TO CAPITOL 

Sacramento, Calif – For more than 25 years, the state of California has commenced the holiday season with the arrival of the official California state Christmas tree at the Capitol.

Date Published: November 20, 2008

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR GET 'CONNECTED' AT FREE BUSINESS CONFERENCE

"Connecting Point 2008" will bring together hundreds of local companies and dozens of state and local agencies hoping to do business together next week in the Capitol Region.

Date Published: October 9, 2008

STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF CALIFORNIA’S NEW ‘GREEN’ CENTRAL PLANT STEELWORK

State and Consumer Services Agency (SCSA) Secretary Rosario Marin and Department of General Services (DGS) Director Will Bush announced today that the steelwork is complete on the ...

Date Published: September 12, 2008

DGS DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON PROPOSED WATER BOARD FINES

The Department of General Services (DGS) has received formal notice from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Region V, of proposed fines to be assessed against the Off ...

Date Published: August 13, 2008

STATE OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES LATEST “GREEN” BUILDINGS

The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced that three Franchise Tax Board buildings—part of the State Office Building at Butterfield Way expansion project in Sacr ...

Date Published: July 10, 2008

STATE OF CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES THE NATION'S FIRST STATEWIDE GREEN BUILDINGS DATABASE

The California Department of General Services today announced it has developed the nation's first statewide online database www.

Date Published: June 5, 2008

STATE OF CALIFORNIA APPOINTS CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER

Today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed James Butler, 43 years old, of Roseburg, Ore, as Chief Procurement Officer, a position in the state's Department of General Services (DGS).

Date Published: May 7, 2008

GREEN MEANS GOLD FOR STATE HEALTH BUILDINGS

The California Department of General Services today announced that four state-owned health services buildings located at the Capitol Area East End Complex have earned a Gold rating from t ...

Date Published: April 8, 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY STATE OFFICIALS HOST GREEN BUILDING MEDIA WORKSHOP

WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 10 a.

Date Published: April 4, 2008

GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF CERTIFIED SMALL AND DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESSES ARE PROVIDING GOODS AND SERVICES TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that California's small and disabled veteran businesses are registered at record-breaking numbers to compete for the state's more than $9 billion a year ...

Date Published: April 1, 2008

SMALL BUSINESSES ARE CALIFORNIA'S BUSINESS

It has been quite a year for small businesses doing business with the State of California.

Date Published: March 21, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY STATE OFFICIALS HOST GREEN BUILDING MEDIA WORKSHOP

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 10 a.

Date Published: March 19, 2008

STATE'S FIRST RENOVATED BUILDING GETS GREEN DESIGNATION

The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that the California Department of Rehabilitation's headquarters in Sacramento has become the first State building to ...

Date Published: February 27, 2008

Archived Press Releases 2006 - 2007

STATE DGS EMPLOYEES DONATE 1,000+ GIFTS TO LOCAL CHILDREN, SENIORS
WEST SACRAMENTO – The Ziggurat building in West Sacramento has been the site of tremendous generosity this holiday season as the Department of General Services (DGS) employees headquartered there and ...
Date Published: December 18, 2007

GOING GREEN IN THE CLASSROOM; FOCUS OF GREEN SCHOOLS SUMMIT
State officials will join with school administrators, architects, and celebrities to discuss the importance of furthering Governor Schwarzenegger's green building initiative to California cl ...
Date Published: December 4, 2007

STATE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CENTRAL PLANT
SACRAMENTO – State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Rosario Marin and Department of General Services (DGS) Director Will Bush announced today the beginning of construction on a new Central Plant ...
Date Published: November 28, 2007

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES CANCELS REQUEST FOR LEASE PROPOSAL FOR RESOURCES AGENCY CONSOLIDATION OFFICE PROJECT
SACRAMENTO – The Department of General Services announced today that it has exercised its option to cancel Request for Lease Proposals (RFLP) for a new office building that would house most of the dep ...
Date Published: November 26, 2007

STATE AGENCIES, EMPLOYEES AWARDED FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOING BUSINESS WITH CALIFORNIA SMALL AND DISABLED VETERANS BUSINESSES
WEST SACRAMENTO – In a ceremony at its West Sacramento Headquarters today, the Department of General Services presented awards to 12 State agencies and four State employees for their outstanding work ...
Date Published: October 25, 2007

STATE SIGNS HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO AND THE SACRAMENTO HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO BENEFIT CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESSES
Sacramento – California State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Rosario Marin today joined with representatives from the County of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
Date Published: October 19, 2007

STATE AND CONSUMER SERVICES AGENCY SECRETARY ROSARIO MARIN TO SIGN HISTORIC DOCUMENT TO PROMOTE CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS
When: Friday, October 19, 200711:00 a.m
Date Published: October 19, 2007

GOLDEN STATE AGENCIES RECEIVE GREEN AWARD 
SACRAMENTO – The Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) were honored this week by the...
Date Published: October 4, 2007

REGULATIONS PASSED TO BEGIN FUNDING "GREEN SCHOOLS" FOR CALIFORNIA
SACRAMENTO – The Department of General Services' Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) announced today that regulations have been approved to allow it to begin the process of awarding $100 milli ...
Date Published: October 3, 2007

DGS KICK-OFF EVENTMORE THAN 15 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE CAPITAL REGION THE ZIGGURAT, WEST SACRAMENTOBENEFITING THE CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (CSECC) 
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 10:00 a.m
Date Published: September 18, 2007

"ONE HOT AUGUST DAY" CAR SHOW BENEFITING THE CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (CSECC)
When: Friday, August 31, 2007 10:00 a.m
Date Published: August 29, 2007

CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES HONORED
Sacramento, Calif.
Date Published: August 24, 2007

BIG STATE GOVERNMENT CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY ON WEST SACRAMENTO RIVER WALK
WEST SACRAMENTO – California state government is holding one of its biggest Earth Day celebrations in many years Wednesday (4/18) at the Ziggurat on West Sacramento’s River Walk promenade adjacent t ...
Date Published: April 17, 2007

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES ONLINE CERTIFICATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
LONG BEACH - As part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise to give California's small businesses and disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBEs) better access to the $9 billion annually in sta ...
Date Published: February 15, 2007

CALIFORNIA HONORED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT & ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE STATE BUILDINGS
Sacramento - The California Department of General Services (DGS) was honored Thursday night (11/16) by the U.
Date Published: November 17, 2006

SMALL BUSINESSES, TAXPAYERS REAP BENEFITS OF NEW STATEWIDE OFFICE SUPPLIES CONTRACT
SACRAMENTO- The California Department of General Services today announced a major breakthrough in the implementation of Gov.
Date Published: September 19, 2006

CALIFORNIA & UTILITIES JOIN FORCES TO SAVE ENERGY IN STATE BUILDINGS
San Bernardino-In the largest effort of its kind in California history, state officials and California's investor-owned utilities today announced plans to work together to significantly increase the l ...
Date Published: August 29, 2006

MAJOR MILESTONE IN GOVERNOR'S GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE; EDUCATION BUILDING ACHIEVES HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL HONOR
From left to right: State & Consumer Services Agency Secretary Rosario Marin celebrates attainment of LEED-Existing Building Platinum certification for the Department of Education Building with Ro ...
Date Published: July 27, 2006

CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT TAKES THE LEAD, REDUCING THE FLOW OF OLD CARPETS INTO LANDFILLS 
SACRAMENTO, CA -- It's probably one of the last things the average Californian thinks about when they ponder the need for recycling and protecting the environment.
Date Published: June 13, 2006

STATE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO CENTRAL PLANT EXPANSION; DROPS RIVERFRONT SITE OPPOSED BY SACRAMENTO
SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today it is proceeding with a $160 million, environmentally friendly project to upgrade the aging central heating and coolin ...
Date Published: April 18, 2006

STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO AWARD SYSTEM INTEGRATION CONTRACT TO BEARINGPOINT
SACRAMENTO - The State of California intends to award a $69 million contract to BearingPoint to implement a new payroll/personnel system, it was announced today.
Date Published: March 13, 2006

SCHWARZENEGGER ADMINISTRATION UNVEILS "GREEN CALIFORNIA" WEB SITE
SACRAMENTO - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration today unveiled a sweeping new "Green California" Web site, based on his vision of an energy efficient and environmentally friendly Californ ...
Date Published: February 8, 2006

STATE CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO SOLVE DEFICIT IN MOTOR VEHICLE PARKING FUND WITHOUT RAISING FEES
SACRAMENTO - The Office of Fleet Administration has successfully turned around a chronic deficit in the fund used to run parking lots for State employees, according to a report issued today by the Dep ...
Date Published: January 13, 2006

Archived Press Releases 2004 - 2005

STATE OF CALIFORNIA AWARDS RENTAL CAR CONTRACT TO ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR, SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS
SACRAMENTO - Saving California state government up to $9 million over a three-year period, the California Department of General Services announced today it is awarding a contract to Enterprise Rent-a- ...
Date Published: December 22, 2005

SMALL BUSINESSES SCORE BIG IN COMPUTER, PHOTOCOPIER CONTRACTS THROUGH STRATEGIC SOURCING INITIATIVE 
SACRAMENTO - New contracts for computer goods and copy machines reached through the California Strategic Sourcing Initiative are resulting in strong participation from small businesses and disabled ve ...
Date Published: December 6, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING HELPS STATE SAVE $10 MILLION ON PHARMACEUTICALS
SACRAMENTO - The State of California has awarded new contracts that will reduce the cost of providing prescription drugs to parolees and people in State institutions, the Department of General Service ...
Date Published: December 6, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING HELPS CALIFORNIA SAVE $9 MILLION ON PC SERVERS
SACRAMENTO - The State plans to award statewide contracts for PC servers to Sacramento-based Marketware Technologies and San Diego-based Technology Integration Group, the Department of General Service ...
Date Published: September 28, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING INITIATIVE HELPS STATE SAVE MORE THAN $4.5 MILLION ON UNIX-BASED SERVERS
SACRAMENTO - The State of California plans to award statewide contracts for Unix-based servers that are projected to save taxpayers more than $4.
Date Published: September 20, 2005

DGS TECHNOLOGY DAY OFFERS SAVINGS ON COMPUTERS, COPIERS
WEST SACRAMENTO - More than 400 State IT and purchasing officials attended today's DGS Technology Day, where they got to "test drive" new computer equipment and photocopiers that will be used througho ...
Date Published: September 19, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING INITIATIVE HELPS STATE SAVE $20 MILLION ON WIRELESS PHONES AND WALKIE-TALKIES 
SACRAMENTO - The State of California plans to award statewide contracts for wireless communications equipment and services to Verizon Wireless and Nextel, the Department of General Services announced ...
Date Published: September 8, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING INITIATIVE HELPS STATE SAVE MORE THAN $50 MILLION ON DATA STORAGE EQUIPMENT
SACRAMENTO - The State of California plans to award seven statewide contracts for data storage devices that are projected to save taxpayers more than $50 million over the next three years, the Departm ...
Date Published: September 2, 2005

SECRETARY FRED AGUIAR ACCEPTS AWARD FROM CALIFORNIA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
SACRAMENTO - Fred Aguiar, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency, was honored August 19 by the California Black Chamber of Commerce at its annual convention for his support of diversity i ...
Date Published: August 29, 2005

DGS TO HOLD ADDITIONAL VENDOR FORUM FOR ELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES CONTRACT
WEST SACRAMENTO – As part of its open solicitation for the CALNET II multi-year telecommunications contract, the Department of General Services (DGS) will hold a vendor forum for prospective bidders o ...
Date Published: August 23, 2005

CALIFORNIA REACHES AGREEMENT TO SAVE ENERGY IN STATE BUILDINGS
SACRAMENTO Three State office buildings will get an energy "tune up" under an agreement signed today-one of the first steps in an ambitious program to conserve electricity statewide.
Date Published: August 18, 2005

CALIFORNIA AWARDS STATEWIDE PHOTOCOPIER CONTRACT TO SHARP, SAVING MORE THAN $25 MILLION
SACRAMENTO The State has awarded a contract for photocopiers with an estimated value exceeding $36 million to Sharp Corp.
Date Published: July 25, 2005

CALIFORNIA AWARDS STATEWIDE CONTRACTS FOR COMPUTER HARDWARE TO HP, IBM, GATEWAY AND OTHERS
WEST SACRAMENTO - The State has awarded seven statewide contracts for computer hardware worth a projected $116 million, the Department of General Services announced today.
Date Published: July 1, 2005

‘GREEN ACTION TEAM’ CHAIR CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 
SACRAMENTO - Fred Aguiar, Chair of Governor Schwarzenegger's Green Action Team, celebrated Earth Day today by reminding Californians of the important work the State of California must do to conserve r ...
Date Published: April 22, 2005

CALIFORNIA NETS $104 MILLION FROM SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY IN CHINO
CHINO - California has closed a real estate transaction that is expected to contribute more than $104 million to reducing the state's debt, the Department of General Services announced today.
Date Published: March 10, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING SAVES ANOTHER $1.1 MILLION FOR CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS
WEST SACRAMENTO - The California Strategic Sourcing Initiative scored its second victory Wednesday, by negotiating with car dealers to drop their prices for pursuit vehicles used by state and local pu ...
Date Published: January 26, 2005

STRATEGIC SOURCING SAVES MILLIONS FOR CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS
WEST SACRAMENTO - The California Strategic Sourcing Initiative scored its first big win Wednesday, landing the state a renegotiated contract for office supplies.
Date Published: December 22, 2004

STATE LAUNCHES OPEN SOLICITATION FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
WEST SACRAMENTO – Underlining California’s commitment to fair and open competition for government contracts, the Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that it is seeking bids to operate ...
Date Published: November 08, 2004

Archived Press Releases 2002 - 2003

CAPITOL STREETS PAVED IN "OLD" 
11,000 DISCARDED TIRES RE-USED TO MAKE FOR QUIETER, LONG-LASTING STREETS IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO SACRAMENTO -The Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Integrated Waste Management B ...
Date Published: September 25, 2003

STATE EMPLOYEES HONOREDFOR LIFE-SAVING RESCUES
SACRAMENTO—The Department of General Services today honored more than 100 state employees and nine state agencies through the 23rd Annual Governor's Employee Safety Awards (GESA) program.
Date Published: August 22, 2003

STATUS REPORT ON IMPLEMENTING STATE PROCUREMENT REFORM
Sacramento-- The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the release of its six-month status report on the state’s implementation of measures recommended by the Task Force on Contractin ...
Date Published: February 14, 2003

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN SACRAMENTO FOR STATE'S NEWEST, ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE OFFICE COMPLEX
The California Department of General Services (DGS), under the direction of Governor Gray Davis, broke ground today in Sacramento for the Franchise Tax Board's new, 1 million square-foot office comple ...
Date Published: November 18, 2002

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BUILDINGS INVENTORIED FOR SEISMIC SAFETY VAST MAJORITY OF STRUCTURES FOUND SAFE
Sacramento - The Department of General Services' Division of the State Architect (DSA) today released an inventory of schools that found the vast majority of California's kindergarten through 12th gra ...
Date Published: November 15, 2002

NEW CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HEADQUARTERS DEDICATED IN SACRAMENTO
Sacramento-Governor Gray Davis today announced the opening of the new California Department of Education headquarters in downtown Sacramento, the state's first "green" office building.
Date Published: September 4, 2002

CALIFORNIA DEPLOYS LARGEST STATE-OWNED SOLAR ELECTRIC ROOFTOP 
California Franchise Tax Board Headquarters Deploys Clean, Reliable, and Cost-Effective Solar Electric Generation with 470kW System Sacramento--The California Department of General Services (DGS) ...
Date Published: August 27, 2002

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES COMPLETES NEW INTERIM REGULATIONS FOR STATE PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
Sacramento -- The California Department of General Services has completed its development of new, restrictive, interim guidelines for the state's acquisition of all goods and services.
Date Published: May 28, 2002

DGS WINS AWARD AT GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 2000
Sacramento — The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that for the second year-in-a-row the Microsoft Corporation has honored the department with a Solutions Showcase Award ...
Date Published: May 22, 2002

Archived Press Releases 2000 - 2001

60-FOOT WHITE FIR TREE TO BRIGHTEN CAPITOL HOLIDAY SEASON 
Sacramento ( A 60-foot white fir tree from Camino (El Dorado County) will be put on display on the west lawn of the State Capitol this week to mark the beginning of the Capitol holiday season.
Date Published: July 24, 2001

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES REPORTS SCOPE AND COST OF REPAIR AND RESTORATION OF STATE CAPITOL
Sacramento ¾ The California Department of General Services (DGS) today reported to the State Legislature that the cost of repairing and restoring the historic State Capitol building due to water, smok ...
Date Published: February 22, 2001

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES BEGINS CLEAN-UP AND RESTORATION OF STATE CAPITOL BUILDING 
Sacramento : The California Department of General Services today announced preliminary plans to repair damage to the State Capitol following the crash of a tractor-trailer truck into the south side of ...
Date Published: January 23, 2001

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL PRINTING WEEK
Sacramento : The California Department of General Services' (DGS) Office of State Publishing—the nation's largest government printing operation outside of Washington, D.
Date Published: January 16, 2001

KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES’ ENERGY PROGRAM FOR SAVING MILLIONS IN ENERGY COSTS
Sacramento—The Department of General Services’ (DGS) Natural Gas Services program, which has saved the State of California millions of dollars in costs while providing energy for hundreds of publicly- ...
Date Published: August 23, 2000

SMALL BUSINESSES DO MORE BUSINESS WITH STATE THANKS TO INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS
Sacramento—The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the winners of the first-annual State Contracting Recognition Awards honoring innovative programs that have significantly ...
Date Published: September 6, 2000

PALM TREE TRANSPLANTS, CONCRETE WORK HIGHLIGHT CAPITOL AREA EAST END COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION 
Sacramento—During the week of July 10th the last of 10, 80-year-old California Fan Palms along Capitol Avenue within the construction site of the State’s East End Complex will be relocated to nearby C ...
Date Published: July 11, 2000

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES HONORED BY NATIONAL BUILDERS GROUP
Sacramento—The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced it has been honored with a national award from the Design-Build Institute of America for the construction of three new State office ...
Date Published: October 6, 2000

CLOSURE OF CAPITOL AVENUE SIGNALS START OF STATE OFFICE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
Sacramento — Beginning Tuesday, May 30th, a two-block stretch of Capitol Avenue between 15th and 17th streets will be closed to allow workers to begin the process of building the Capitol Area East End ...
Date Published: May 26, 2000

GOVERNOR DAVIS APPOINTS DIRECTOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES
SACRAMENTO—Governor Gray Davis today announced the appointment of Barry D.
Date Published: May 18, 2000

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES SHOWCASES CLEANER, FASTER, SMARTER BUSINESS SOLUTIONS AT 14TH ANNUAL GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Sacramento — An electric hybrid car and new on-line "e-commerce" projects are just some of the highlights the Department of General Services (DGS) plans to unveil at the 14th Annual Government Technol ...
Date Published: May 11, 2000

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON CAPITOL EAST END COMPLEX IN SACRAMENTO: LARGEST, "GREENEST" STATE OFFICE PROJECT IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY
Sacramento—State and city officials today formally broke ground on the Capitol East End Complex, the largest civic building project in the history of California.
Date Published: April 26, 2000

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES SELLS SURPLUS PROPERTY ON-LINE
Sacramento : The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced it is making surplus State property available to the general public via eBay, one of the most-widely used auction sites ...
Date Published: April 13, 2000

STATE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES ADDS GASOLINE-ELECTRIC HYBRID CAR TO ITS "GREEN FLEET" PROGRAM
Sacramento — The state Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the addition of one of the most fuel efficient and low emission cars in the world to its fleet of "environment friendly" veh ...
Date Published: March 23, 2000

CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF STATE PUBLISHING CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY
Sacramento - The California Department of General Services' Office of State Publishing-the nation's largest government printing operation outside of Washington, D.
Date Published: Monday, January 10, 2000

Archived Press Releases 1999 and Earlier

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES SELECTS TWO TEAMS TO DESIGN AND BUILD CAPITOL AREA EAST END OFFICE COMPLEX
Sacramento — The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the selection of the two design/build teams who will complete the architectural design and construct the Capitol Area E ...
Date Published: December 7, 1999

NEW TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES TO DECREASE POLLUTION WHILE HEATING AND COOLING STATE BUILDINGS
Sacramento-The California Department of General Services (DGS) recently introduced a new natural gas boiler technology at its central heating and cooling plant in Sacramento that will significantly de ...
Date Published: November 23, 1999

60-FOOT WHITE FIR TREE FROM CAMINO TO BRIGHTEN CAPITOL HOLIDAY 
Sacramento-A 60-foot white fir pine tree from Camino (El Dorado County) will be put on display on the west lawn of the State Capitol this week to mark the beginning the Capitol holiday season.
Date Published: November 22, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES WINS AWARD FOR RENOVATING HISTORIC BROADWAY BUILDING IN LOS ANGELES
Sacramento-The California Department of General Services today announced it was honored with an "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the Southern California Development Forum for the renovation of the ...
Date Published: November 17, 1999

STATE PRINTER ELECTED NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF PUBLISHERS GROUP
Sacramento - California's State Printer, Celeste Maia Cron, has been elected President of the National State Publishing Association, a group dedicated to enhancing the technological operations and man ...
Date Published: September 24, 1999

MAJOR STEP IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES REVITALIZATION COMPLETED WITH RE-DEDICATION OF HISTORIC BROADWAY STORE BUILDING
Los Angeles-State officials in Los Angeles today formally re-dedicated the historic Broadway Building, a major step in the revitalization of Los Angeles' historic downtown core.
Date Published: September 10, 1999

BROADWAY BUILDING FACT SHEET
SCOPE: Existing building has been rehabilitated for modern offices and brought up to current earthquake safety standards.
Date Published: September 8, 1999

DGS’ OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE OFFICER RESIGNS
Sacramento—The Executive Officer of the Department of General Services’ (DGS) Office of Public School Construction (OPSC), Ted Dutton, has announced his resignation effective July 31.
Date Published: August 21, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES’ REAL ESTATE OFFICES MOVING TO NEW LOCATION
Sacramento—The California Department of General Services’ (DGS) Real Estate Services Division (RESD) is relocating to the new Douglas R.
Date Published: June 16, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES DO MORE BUSINESS WITH THE STATE
Sacramento—The California Department of General Services (DGS), through the Office of Small Business Certification and Resources (OSBCR), is increasing its efforts to promote state contracting with sm ...
Date Published: June 6, 1999

STATE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES ROLLS-OUT NON-POLLUTING VEHICLES AT CAPITOL PARK
Sacramento—The state Department of General Services (DGS), in cooperation with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD), has placed into service a pair of electric pick-up trucks that will b ...
Date Published: April 25, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES DIRECTOR LEAVES BEHIND AN "ON-TIME, ON BUDGET" RECORD 
Sacramento — Peter Stamison, the Director of the state’s Department of General Services (DGS), has announced his resignation effective December 31, 1998, following three and a half years as head of th ...
Date Published: December 17, 1998

FACT SHEET : SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER COMPLEX 
SCOPE: Two parts: (1) rehabilitation of the historic Earl Warren Building, 350 McAllister Street, closed after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake; and (2) construction of the Hiram W.
Date Published: 12/15/1998

CONSTRUCTION OF STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES UNDERWAY IN SAN DIEGO
San Diego — Officials with the state Department of General Services (DGS) today turned the first shovels of dirt to start construction of a three-story, 267,000 square-foot state office building in Sa ...
Date Published: December 15, 1998

STATE SELLS VACANT OFFICE BUILDING IN OAKLAND
Sacramento — Department of General Services (DGS) Director Peter Stamison announced today that the state has sold a vacant office building at 1111 Jackson Street in downtown Oakland to private develop ...
Date Published: December 15, 1998

INTERNATIONAL PRINTING WEEK, JAN 17-23, 1999 OFFICE OF STATE PUBLISHING OFFERS OPEN HOUSE TOURS
Sacramento — The California Department of General Services’ Office of State Publishing (OSP) invites the general public to tour the state printing plant’s Open House January 19-21.
Date Published: December 12, 1998

STATE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES DEDICATES SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER COMPLEX
San Francisco—State and city officials today formally dedicated the San Francisco Civic Center Complex, including the new 14-story Hiram W.
Date Published: December 10, 1998

DGS SPOTLIGHTS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS AT ITEC EXPO DECEMBER 15-16 IN SILICON VALLEY
Sacramento — During the upcoming 1998 Silicon Valley Information Technology Expositions and Conferences (ITEC) Expo December 15-16 at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center, the state Department of Gene ...
Date Published: December 9, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC PROCUREMENT SYSTEM 
Sacramento -- The Department of General Services (DGS) is launching a new purchasing system, including an electronic ordering component, with private-sector technology firms that will enable state age ...
Date Published: November 9, 1998

STATE TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS WITH DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM FOR SALE OF FORMER AGNEWS LAND IN SANTA CLARA 
Sacramento -- Department of General Services (DGS) Director Peter Stamison announced today that the State will be negotiating with a consortium of national developers--Centex Homes, Shea Homes, and Le ...
Date Published: October 5, 1998

STATE TESTS NEW 9-1-1 EMERGENCY SYSTEM FOR CELLULAR/WIRELESS CALLERS IN LOS ANGELES AREA 
Sacramento — Department of General Services Director Peter Stamison announced today that the state is conducting a test of enhanced 9-1-1 technology designed to improve emergency response for callers ...
Date Published: September 14 1998

STATE SIGNS LEASE TO CONSOLIDATE WAREHOUSE SPACE, CUT STORAGE COSTS 
Sacramento -- The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced a lease agreement with the Joe Benvenuti Company to consolidate state warehouse space, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Date Published: September 8, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES WINS NATIONAL HONOR FOR INNOVATIVE INTERNET SOLUTION 
Sacramento -- The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced that its GS $Mart program was a winner of a National Association of State Information Resource Executives (NASIRE) award for outs ...
Date Published: September 8, 1998

STATE TESTS ENHANCED 9-1-1 EMERGENCY SERVICE FOR CELLULAR/WIRELESS TELEPHONE USERS
Date Published: September, 1998

STATE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW STEPHEN P. TEALE DATA CENTER TO MEET GROWING DATA DEMANDS
Sacramento -- The Department of General Services (DGS), the Department of Information Technology (DOIT), the Teale Data Center and McCuen Properties, broke ground today for the relocation of the state ...
Date Published: August 25, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES WINS NATIONWIDE RECOGNITION 
Sacramento -- The California Department of General Services (DGS) today announced it was a winner in the 1998 National Association of Directors of Administration and General Services (NASDAGS) Outstan ...
Date Published: August 11, 1998

GOVERNOR WILSON ANNOUNCES INTENT TO OUTSOURCE STATE PHONE SYSTEM: ADVISORY PANEL RECOMMENDS PACIFIC BELL/MCI TEAM
SACRAMENTO - Governor Pete Wilson today announced that a Department of General Services selection panel has recommended the team of Pacific Bell and MCI provide voice, data and other telecommunication ...
Date Published: July 21, 1998

FACT SHEET OUTSOURCING THE STATE'S TELEPHONE SYSTEM
What is CALNET? In the 1980s, the state developed a state-owned, private-sector operated telecommunications network designed to provide phone and data transmission service to most state office bui ...
Date Published: July 21, 1998

STATE OFFICE BUILDING IN OAKLAND DELIVERED ON TIME, ON BUDGET
Sacramento -- With Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris looking on, the California Department of General Services (DGS) and the Oakland State Building Authority today dedicated the 22-story Elihu M.
Date Published: June 25, 1998 

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON CAL/EPA BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO
Sacramento -- The California Department of General Services (DGS), the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), and the City of Sacramento's Department of Public Works joined forces today ...
Date Published: June 24, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES WINS AWARDS FOR COST-CUTTING, TIME-SAVING PROGRAMS
Sacramento -- The California Department of General Services, the state's business services provider, was among 60 state, local and federal agencies presented with awards today for innovative programs ...
Date Published: June 18, 1998

STATE-OF-THE-ART ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN TEAM TO HELP BUILD CAL/EPA HEADQUARTERS 
Sacramento -- The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Department of General Services (DGS) announced today the addition of Gottfried Technology, Inc.
Date Published: June 1, 1998

DGS SHOWCASES INNOVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE MAY 11-15 IN SACRAMENTO
Sacramento -- During the upcoming Government Technology Conference May 11-15 at the Sacramento Convention Center, the Department of General Services (DGS), the state's business service provider, will ...
Date Published: May 7, 1998

THREE FINALISTS COMPETE TO PRIVATIZE STATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS 
Sacramento -- The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that final proposals have been submitted from three companies competing to win the state's telecommunications business ...
Date Published: May 1, 1998

STATE OFFICE WINS COMPETITIVE BID FOR BUILDING MANAGEMENT CONTRACT 
Sacramento-- The Department of General Services announced today that the state Building and Property Management Branch (BPM) was the low bidder, by $400,000, on a contract to provide building manageme ...
Date Published: April 23, 1998 

PRIVATIZATION OF CALIFORNIA’S TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM NEARS COMPLETION
Department of General Services (DGS) Director Peter G.
Date Published: March 16, 1998

JOHNSON FAIN PARTNERS SELECTED AS MASTER ARCHITECT FOR STATE’S EAST END PROJECT
Sacramento—State and Consumer Services Secretary Joanne Kozberg today announced that Johnson Fain Partners of Los Angeles has been selected as the master architect for the East End Project, a state of ...
Date Published: January 21, 1998