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CDT, DGS Vendor Forum Highlights Upcoming Opportunities, Policies

The California departments of Technology and General Services held one of two annual vendor forums late last week. The online event was awash in upcoming opportunities and developing procurement policies.

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During a virtual vendor forum late last week, California Department of Technology (CDT) and Department of General Services (DGS) officials updated vendors on job-critical state procurement issues.

In addition to upcoming opportunities, vendors received an update on the impending IT goods and services procurement policies. In March, DGS asked vendors to weigh in on proposed changes to the IT general provisions (ITGP), which garnered more than 200 unique comments. Staff are working through that feedback with a final draft expected later this summer, state Chief Procurement Officer and Procurement Deputy Director Angela Shell told attendees.

Shell also said the Enterprise Technology Hardware Statewide Contract, which closed in December, received a large number of bids that are currently being evaluated. Awards are anticipated later this year, and existing enterprise technology contracts have been extended through September.

State agency contracting opportunities to watch for include:

  • Employment Development Department (EDD) – Integrated Claims Management Service (ICMS) and California Job Opening Browse System (CalJOBS)
  • Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) – Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and Data Management System (DMS) 
  • California Secretary of State – Notary Automation Project (NAP) 2.0
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) – Incarcerated people communications (IC+) and Board's Information Technology System M&O
  • Department of Cannabis Control – Cannabis Law Enforcement Activity Tracking System (CLEATS) 1115-003
  • Consumer Privacy and Protection Act – SB 362 Data Broker Registry & Accessible Deletion Mechanism (commonly referred to as CA Delete Act) 
  • California Department of Technology (CDT) – CALNET 5,  Dataloggers and CalTABS Modernization 
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) – Broadband Cost Model Update and Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) Equipment Processing Center (EPC)
  • Department of State Hospitals – MRFP EHR Continuum of Care
  • Department of Managed Health Care – Nimbus CAP Modernization (SB-858)
  • Department of Health Care Services – CA-MMIS Fiscal Intermediary Payment System- FI-PS M&O and Data Warehouse M&O

Upcoming National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) cooperative contracting opportunities of note include:

  • Audio Video Equipment and Supplies
  • Multi-Function Devices and Related Software, Services and Cloud Solutions  
  • Facilities MRO and Industrial Supplies  
  • Information Security Services (Credit Monitoring Services)  
  • Professional Grade Tools & Diagnostic Equipment

CDT also announced an upcoming vendor forum on the Generative AI Procurement Guidelines that were released in March with a focus on the Vendor Disclosure Form and Risk Consultation Form (SIMM 5305-F). That event has been set for 10-11 a.m. June 25.

DGS Director Ana Lasso updated attendees on the diversity data collection efforts, noting that as of May, 10,806 vendors have voluntarily shared diversity information, and roughly 6,300 are currently certified as Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.

Lasso also noted that $16.32 billion was spent on contract awards for the 2022-23 fiscal year; $2.7 billion of that was spent on IT goods and services and some $731 million of that went to small businesses.

Lasso and other participating officials urged vendors to take advantage of DGS classes and online resources.

This virtual event was not recorded for later distribution, but a slide deck was made available to participants.
Eyragon is the Managing Editor for Industry Insider — California. He previously served as the Daily News Editor for Government Technology. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.