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Statutory authority for the competitive and non-competitive procurement of non-Information Technology goods and Information Technology goods and services for State government resides with the Department of General Services. DGS also has the statutory authority to delegate its purchasing authority to departments that meet specific requirements.

Without delegated purchasing authority, departments may conduct competitive procurements for non-Information Technology goods valued at up to $100 per transaction and may not conduct competitive and non-competitive procurements for Information Technology goods and services of any value.

Purchasing authority granted by DGS includes use of the State's leveraged procurement agreements (CMAS; Master Agreements, including WSCA, Statewide Contracts, State Price Schedules, and Software License Program), purchases from Prison Industry Authority, and purchases under the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. Purchasing Authority is required to participate in the State's CAL-Card Purchase Card Program.

 

State Contracting Manual, Volume 2

The State Contracting Manual (SCM), Volume 2 contains the requirements for departments to obtain and retain non-information technology goods purchasing authority. In addition to purchasing authority requirements, the Manual includes:

  • The types, categories, and dollar levels of purchasing authority available to departments;
  • The Purchasing Authority Application, which departments must use to request non-information technology purchasing authority; and 
  • Many links to other websites for source documents, forms, and other resource information.
The SCM, Volume 2 will be updated on a regular basis and all Procurement and/or Contracting Officers and Purchasing Authority Contacts will be notified.
State Contracting Manual, Volume 3

The State Contracting Manual (SCM), Volume 3 contains the requirements for departments to obtain and retain information technology (IT) goods and services purchasing authority. In addition to purchasing authority requirements, the Manual includes:

  • The types, categories, and dollar levels of purchasing authority available to departments;
  • The Purchasing Authority Application, which departments must use to request information technology purchasing authority; and 
  • Many links to other websites for source documents, forms, and other resource information.
The SCM, Volume 3 will be updated on a regular basis and all Procurement and/or Contracting Officers and Purchasing Authority Contacts will be notified.
Departments with Approved Purchasing Authority
A listing of departments granted purchasing authority, including the types, categories, and dollar levels of authority granted and department contact names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses, are provided below:

Departments with Approved Purchasing Authority (MS Excel)
Departments with Approved Purchasing Authority (PDF)


Purchasing Authority Approval letters:

 A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  L  M  N  P  R  S  T  U  V  W

A
Administrative Law, Office of 
African-American Museum 
Aging, Commission on 
Aging, Department of
Agricultural Labor Relations Board 
Air Resources Board
Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board - see Alcoholic Beverage Control, Deptartment of
Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of 
Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, California - see Treasurer, State
Arts Council, California 

B
Baldwin Hills Conservancy - see Parks & Recreation, Department of
Board of State and Community Corrections 
Business and Economic Development, Governor's Office of (GO BIZ)
Business Oversight, Department of 
Business, Consumer Services, & Housing Agency

C
California Senior Legislature 
Child Support Services, Department of 
Children & Families Commission
Citizens Compensation Commission, California - see Human Resources, Department of
Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy - see Parks & Recreation, Department of
Coastal Commission, California 
Coastal Conservancy, State 
Colorado River Board
Community Services & Development, Department of
Conservation Corps, California 
Conservation, Department of 
Consumer Affairs, Department of 
Controller, Office of
Correctional Health Care Services, California
Corrections & Rehabilitation, Department of 

D
Data Center MRA Customer Departments - see Technology, Department of
Debt & Investment Advisory Board, California - see Treasurer, State
Debt Limit Allocation Committee - see Treasurer, State
Delta Protection Commission - see State Lands Commission
Delta Stewardship Council 
Developmental Disabilities, State Council on - see Social Services, Department of
Developmental Services, Department of 
Disability Access, California Commission of
District Agricultural Associations
    02 San Joaquin County Fair 
    03 Silver Dollar Fair 
    04 Sonoma-Marin Fair
    07 Monterey County Fair
    10-A Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair 
    10 Siskiyou Golden Fair 
    12 Redwood Empire Fair 
    13 Yuba-Sutter Fair
    14 Santa Cruz County Fair 
    15 Kern County Fair 
    16 California Mid-State Fair 
    17 Division of Fairs & Expositions 
    19 Santa Barbara Fair & Expo 
    20 Gold County Fair 
    21-A Madera District Fair 
    21 Big Fresno Fair 
    22 San Diego County Fair
    23 Contra Costa County Fair 
    24-A Kings Fair
    25 Napa Town & County Fair 
    26 Amador County Fair 
    29 Mother Lode Fair 
    31 Ventura County Fair 
    32 Orange County Fair 
    33 San Benito County Fair 
    34 Modoc District Fair 
    35-A Mariposa County Fair 
    37 Santa Maria Fair Park
    41 Del Norte County Fair 
    46 Southern California Fair 
    48 Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program
    54 Colorado River Fair

E
Education Audit Appeals Panel 
Education Facilities Authority - see Treasurer, State
Education, Department of 
Emergency Management Agency 
Emergency Medical Services Authority  
Employment Development, Department of
Energy Commission, California 
Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Office of
Environmental Protection Agency - see Air Resources Board
Equalization, Board of 
Exposition & State Fair

F
Fair Employment & Housing, Department of 
Fair Political Practices Commission
Finance, Department of 
Financial Information System for California - FI$Cal
Fish & Game Commission - see Fish and Wildlife, Department of
Fish & Wildlife, Department of
Food & Agriculture, Department of 
Forestry & Fire Protection, Department of 
Franchise Tax Board

G
Gambling Control Commission 
General Services, Department of
Government Operations Agency
Governor's Office - non IT only,  IT - see Technology, Department of

H
Health & Human Services Agency
Health Care Services, Department of 
Health Facilities Financing Authority - see Treasurer, State
High-Speed Rail Authority 
Highway Patrol, California 
Horse Racing Board 
Housing & Community Development, Department of 
Human Resources, Department of

I
Independent Living Council, State 
Industrial Development Financing Advisory, Commission on - see Treasurer, State
Industrial Relations, Department of 
Inspector General, Office of
Insurance, Department of

J
Justice, Department of 

L
Labor & Workforce Development Agency - see Employment Development Department
Law Revision Commission 
Library, California State
Lieutenant Governor, Office of - non IT see Insurance, Department of, for IT - see Technology, Department of

M
Managed Health Care, Department of 
Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board 
Mandates, Commission on State
Mental Health, Department of - see State Hospitals, Department of 
Military Department, Office of the Adjutant General 
Motor Vehicles, Department of

N
Native American Heritage Commission - see State Lands Commission
Natural Resources Agency 

P
Parks & Recreation, Department of 
Peace Officer Standards & Training, Commission on
Personnel Board, State - See Human Resources, Department of 
Pesticide Regulation, Department of
Pilot Commissioners, Board of - see Highway Patrol, California
Planning & Research, Governor's Office of 
Pollution Control Financing Authority - see Treasurer, State 
Public Defender, State 
Public Employment Relations Board 
Public Health, Department of 
Public Utilities Commission, State of California

R
Rehabilitation, Department of
Resources, Recycling and Recovery, Department of 
Rivers & Mountains Conservancy  

S
San Diego River Conservancy 
San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
San Joaquin River Conservancy - see Parks & Recreation, Department of
Scholarshare Investment Board - see Treasurer, State
School Finance Authority, California - see Treasurer, State
Science Center, California 
Secretary of State 
Seismic Safety Commission 
Sierra Nevada Conservancy 
Social Services, Department of 
State Hospitals, Department of 
State Lands Commission 
Statewide Health Planning & Development, Office of 
Student Aid Commission, California 
Summer School for the Arts

T
Tahoe Conservancy, California 
Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California - see Treasurer, State 
Teacher Credentialing, Commission on
Technology, Department of 
Toxic Substances Control, Department of
Transportation Agency, California State
Transportation Commission, California 
Transportation Financing Authority - see Treasurer, State
Transportation, Department of 
Treasurer, State

U
Urban Waterfront Area Restoration Financing Authority - see Treasurer, State

V
Veterans Affairs, Department of 
Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board

W
Water Resources Control Board, State 
Water Resources, Department of
Wildlife Conservation - see Fish & Game, Department of
Workforce Investment Board - see Employment Development Department
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707 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Email Address:
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