The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California, with more than 3,500 employees and a budget in excess of $1 billion. DGS serves the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions; real estate management and design; environmentally friendly transportation; professional printing, design and web services; administrative hearings; legal services; building standards; oversight of structural safety, fire/life safety and accessibility for the design and construction of K-12 public schools and community colleges; funding for school construction; and disability access.

MISSION
Deliver results by providing timely, cost-effective services and products that support our customers, while protecting the interests of the state of California.

OUR VISION
Excellence in the business of government. We strive to achieve excellence by providing our customers with the products and services they need in a professional, value-added way.

VALUES
At DGS, we have a set of core values that provide an important foundation for how we conduct ourselves and our business. These values are:

  • Integrity: We do the right things for the right reasons.
  • Accountability: We hold ourselves and each other responsible for all that we do.
  • Excellence: Striving for the best for each other and our customers.
  • Innovation: Cultivating ideas and implementing improvements throughout our organization.
  • Teamwork: Valuing and respecting our organizational diversity and working together to achieve great results.

EXECUTIVE STAFF
View the Executive Staff Organization Chart. Read executive staff biographies.

STRATEGIC PLANNING
At DGS, we have an annual strategic planning process in which each of our divisions and offices identifies a few select strategic goals and then determines what they can achieve within the calendar year. In the interest of transparency, we then publish our goals through our annual Strategic Plan, which we post and distribute in printed form early in the calendar year. While some goals identified in the Strategic Plan will take several years to achieve, we strive to complete most of the strategic goals within the calendar year. View the 2021 Strategic Plan.

We then identify these completed goals, along with other notable achievements, in our annual Year in Review.  View the 2020 Year in Review.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT DGS

At DGS, we are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace culture that embraces and supports our diverse workforce, contractors, customers, and the community we serve.

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Notable Dates in DGS History

1963

The Department of General Services (DGS) is created.

1969

The majority of DGS divisions consolidate into headquarters located at 915 Capitol Mall in Sacramento. 

1970s

DGS oversees the centralization of state government in the downtown Sacramento area with the planning, design and construction of several state buildings in the Capitol core.

1974

In order to make state government contracting more accessible to small businesses, the DGS Procurement Division creates the Office of Small Business.

1976

The State Capitol building closes to the public for one of the most extensive restoration efforts in the United States. DGS oversees the project which concludes with a reopening to the public in 1982.

1980s

DGS moves the state’s telecommunications systems to fiber optic technology.

DGS implements the 9-1-1 emergency telephone program.

1990

California voters approve Prop. 122.  DGS manages the program resulting in seismic retrofits of more than 100 state-owned facilities and release of grants for seismic work on local government buildings.

State office consolidation effort results in new construction and major renovation of office buildings throughout the state including San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles.

1996

Office of State Printing changes its name to Office of State Publishing due to the growth of computer technology and the Internet.

2001

DGS consolidates ten separate office locations into a single headquarters building in West Sacramento.

2001-2002

DGS leads the way in sustainable building design and construction with completion of the state’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified office buildings at the Capitol Area East End Complex. 

DGS adds electric-hybrid vehicles to its daily rental fleet. 

DGS oversees construction of new central cooling & heating plant that serves 23 buildings in downtown Sacramento, including the Capitol.  Earns LEED platinum certification.

2013

DGS becomes part of the California Government Operations Agency as part of the Governor’s reorganization plan.