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Forum to Offer Vendors a Chance to Weigh In on State IT Policies

Monday’s event, presented by the California Department of General Services and the California Department of Technology, will be offered for in-person as well as virtual attendance.

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Two key departments in state government are preparing for a significant revamp of some policies and guidelines that will affect purchasing and procurement, and vendors are being offered an opportunity Monday to weigh in.

In a bulletin published this week by the Department of General Services’ Procurement Division, public- and private-sector technologists and vendors are invited to a hybrid live/virtual Vendor Forum. The event announcement says the forum will cover “revisions to the state’s information technology general provisions.”

The changes under consideration by DGS and the California Department of Technology include consolidations of some overlapping policies and guidelines as well as revisions to various definitions, policies and contract terms that will affect how vendors conduct business with state government. Areas with proposed changes generally include various terms and conditions, definitions, certifications and inspections.

The DGS bulletin says the changes are proposed in three main areas:
  • General Provisions Information Technology
  • General Provisions Information Technology Cloud Services
  • Summary Of Changes

The forum will run from 10 a.m. to noon Monday in the 1st Floor Auditorium at the Department of General Services, 707 Third St., West Sacramento. To attend virtually via Teams, follow the link in the bulletin. Registration for both in-person and virtual attendance is available through a link in the bulletin.

For more information about the event, email the DGS Procurement Division’s Office of Policies, Procedures and Legislation. Industry Insider — California will provide coverage of next week’s event.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.