State agencies who want to purchase a product type other than what is available through the mandatory Statewide contracts can submit an exemption request. In these instances, the department must obtain an exemption from the use of the contract from the Department of General Services, Procurement Division (DGS-PD).  An exemption is requested through the following process:

How to Request a Statewide Contract Exemption

  1. The requesting department must conduct a thorough analysis of the specific business case which justifies the contract exemption. The requesting department documents this analysis using the Justification for Purchasing Outside a Statewide Contract form. The form must be approved and signed.

    • The requesting department’s Purchasing Authority Contact
    • The requesting department’s Chief Information Officer (IT Purchases Only)
    • The DGS-PD Contract Administrator
  2. A copy of the approved exemption is retained in the department’s procurement file
  3. If the purchase exceeds the requesting department’s purchasing authority, the Justification form must be submitted to DGS-PD along with the Purchase Estimate.  
  4. If the purchase is limited to brand, the department must also obtain the appropriate approvals.


Contracts Management Unit

Department of General Services
Procurement Division

707 Third Street, Second Floor, MS 201
West Sacramento, CA 95605


Phone: (916) 375-4400
Email: CMU Web Administrator