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Developing Opportunities: State General Services Department, San Francisco and Fresno, and More

Government entities in the early stages of technology projects include the state General Services and Social Services departments, the city of Fresno and the consolidated city-county of San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day with the city of San Francisco in the background.
State and local governments in California release a wide variety of technology and innovation procurements, with some being full-fledged requests for proposals or invitations to bid and others being in earlier stages, with active solicitations possible or likely in the future.

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

  • The California Department of General Services has issued a request for qualifications on a project seeking to replace existing field offices in El Centro and Brawley with a new office of about 22,035 square feet and on seven acres. The project will include the building and all its elements. Estimated contract duration is five years and the construction cost is $50 million. Responding firms should have design-build experience with facilities of similar size and complexity, as well as knowledge of the design and operations of state buildings. Responses are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 22.
  • The California Department of Social Services has issued a request for information (RFI) that is the next step in its development of California Supporting Providers and Reaching Kids (CalSPARK), an operations-focused tool set and data intake pipeline to support the workforce in managing their caseload and connecting with local administrators and others. Here, CDSS seeks information from software companies or developers with experience architecting, developing and managing online transactional processing (OLTP) capabilities, master data management (MDM) systems and/or accounts payable (AP) systems. The RFI looks to identify respondents that may be viable providers of the products, solutions or services it needs to support “development of solutions related to the user, business and technology capabilities” it identifies. Questions are due by 5 p.m. Thursday; responses will come by 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Responses to the RFI are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 21.
  • The Controller’s office at the consolidated city-county of San Francisco has issued a request for qualifications seeking IT audits, assessments and consulting services, to create a prequalified pool of proposers. Being prequalified is not a guarantee of a contract and respondents must meet minimum qualifications including having five years’ experience during the last seven years in providing these types of services. Any resulting contract will be non-exclusive, with a term not to exceed 10 years; and a value anticipated to range from $100,000 to $5.5 million. A courtesy notice of intent to submit a proposal is due Sept. 6; proposals are due by 1 p.m. Sept. 15.
  • The Department of Public Utilities at the city of Fresno has issued a request for qualifications for master planning and design services for its operations and maintenance facility. Categories of services include telecommunications, which includes telephone and radio services. Facility upgrades include interior space reconfiguration, site security and a radio antenna for remote site communication and controls. The type of award is lump sum. Bids are due by 4 p.m. Sept. 15.
  • The city of Sunnyvale’s Preliminary Adopted Budget for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year documents three notable technology initiatives with funding. There’s $150,000 for the upgrading of Access Sunnyvale, the city’s customer relationship management system, for mobile apps. From the Water Fund, there’s $150,000 to study the feasibility of implementing automated metering infrastructure (AMI) citywide. An AMI system includes so-called advanced water meters, communication devices and a communication network, plus the software needed to manage the system and interface with billing software, enabling real-time data. And there’s $48,000 to evaluate developing a single mobile app, the Sunnyvale app, as a single solution to access city services — potentially replacing three current apps, Sunnyvale Recycles Right, Sunnyvale Street Sweeping and Sunnyvale Public Library Mobile.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.