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Developing Opportunities: State Consumer Affairs, San Francisco, College District and More

The California Department of Consumer Affairs, the consolidated city-county of San Francisco and the North Orange Community College District are among the state and local entities in the early stages of technology projects.

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Before government technology procurements reach solicitation or proposal stage, public-sector organizations have likely spent many months doing their homework in earlier stage explorations like those detailed below.

Industry Insider — California regularly spotlights such endeavors in its Opportunities section. Here’s a look at several public-sector governmental entities with early-stage technology or innovation-related initiatives:

  • Ahead of issuing a request for proposals, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Board of Pharmacy (Board) is looking to survey the industry for information on collecting and evaluating medication error reports, consistent with state code. With exceptions, licensed community pharmacies must report all medication errors to a Board-approved entity. Error reports aren’t subject to investigation, discipline, or other enforcement action by the Board based only on reports, but other information on the error that’s independently received may lead to discipline or other enforcement by the Board. Any Board-approved entity must have experience analyzing outpatient medication errors. The RFI centers on the contractual requirements and administrative/technical specifications that would apply to Board-approved entities and will help the Board develop a scope of work for an RFP/Invitation for Bid for respondents interested in serving as the “entity approved by the Board.” Responses are due by 2 p.m. Feb. 29. Information on the procurement may be found on the California State Government Marketplace.
  • The consolidated city-county of San Francisco’s Office of Contract Administration has a technology-centered procurement on the horizon. During the winter of 2024, it expects to issue a request for proposals valued at $1 million to $1.9 million, seeking on-base software development services.
  • The North Orange County Community College District is in early stages on a network refresh project. The district is a special district comprising Cypress College, Fullerton College and North Orange Continuing Education. Its 2023-2024 Proposed Budget and Financial Report (the most recent iteration available) indicates proposed spend of just more than $700,000 for a district-wide network refresh across campuses in Anaheim, Cypress and Fullerton.
  • The Riverside County Purchasing and Fleet Department, acting on behalf of the county Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Facilities Management, has issued a request for information to identify qualified companies capable of providing a building security system and services. Currently, DPSS has administrative buildings throughout the county, which spans 7,209 square miles; each has a burglar alarm system, an access control system, a panic system and a closed-captioned TV system. Some offices also have visitation room monitoring systems. Burglar alarm camera feeds are recorded and burglar intrusion systems need to be monitored around the clock. Responses are due by March 13.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.