DGS does not manage every state building.
DGS oversees 79 state-owned properties, including 58 office buildings. Other properties include warehouses, storage facilities, the state printing plant, the state’s central heating and cooling plant, stand-alone parking structures and the state records warehouse.
DGS delegates purchasing authority to state agencies, allowing them to buy on their own. DGS conducts larger purchases on behalf of state agencies when the purchase exceeds their delegated authority.
State agencies spend more than $8 billion annually for goods, services, information technology, and public works.
As mentioned earlier, DGS delegates purchasing authority to state agencies, allowing them to buy on their own and does not award all state contracts.
State agencies are required by law to report contracts they enter into if it is valued at $5,000 or more. The data is entered into the State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS).
DGS maintains contracting information online via the State Contract & Procurement Registration System, also known as SCPRS. All state agencies are responsible for entering data for contracts valued at more than $5,000.
The data entered represents the total value of contracts but not necessarily the dollar amount spent by state agencies. To confirm spending data for a particular contract, reporters must always contact the individual agency and/or department that owns the contract.
DGS oversees, but does not own, the state’s 50,000-plus fleet of mobile assets to improve overall utilization and lower the cost of ownership. Mobile assets include boats, trailers, heavy-duty equipment and aircraft, as well as passenger vehicles.
Most of the approximately 5,000 vehicles owned by DGS are short-term rentals for state agencies. The balance of the mobile assets is owned by scores of other state departments and agencies.
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) oversees plan review and approval for the construction of K-12 public schools and community colleges. The Office of Public School Construction facilitates the processing of School Facility Program construction applications to make voter-approved state bond matching funds available to qualifying school districts.
The California Department of Education maintains the California School Directory, which contains information about all California public schools, private schools, nonpublic nonsectarian schools, school districts and county offices of education. The search feature allows users to search for educational agencies in California by county, district, name, county-district-school (CDS) code, city, zip code, type or status.
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) oversees design and construction of K-12 public school and community college classrooms to ensure they comply with applicable state laws and codes pertaining to structural safety, access compliance and fire and life safety.
DSA's current project inspection process is designed to ensure that construction certification is a success for all parties involved. Rather than waiting until the end of construction to verify certain aspects of the project are complete, as work progresses the project inspector signs off the applicable blocks and sections of the DSA project inspection card. A stop work order may be issued for failure to complete a section of the project inspection card. Read more about the DSA school certification process.
In addition, DSA has implemented the online DSA Certification Box that identifies uncertified school construction projects, including information about what documents or fees are required from school districts in order to complete project certification by DSA. Read more about DSA Certification Box.
The Office of Administrative Hearings hears administrative disputes for over 1,600 state and local agencies, and maintains a case file for every matter that comes before one of its administrative law judges. While many of these documents are public record, not all documents are available online.
Requests for documents in open cases may be directed to the OAH Public Records Officer. Requests in closed cases may be directed to OAH or to the agency involved in the dispute. In cases resulting in proposed decisions, the agency is the final decision maker and holder of administrative record.
The commission sets the model building code standards that local building officials use as guidance.
With the exception of buildings subject to state agency enforcement, California’s building codes are enforced at the local government level. Cities and counties have the option of enforcing stricter codes if they are considered reasonably necessary due to certain environmental conditions.
Every three years, the commission administers and publishes the California Building Standards Code in its entirety; changes can be made halfway through that period.