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Tracking the Spend: $3.6M for Caltrans’ Top Buys of IT Services in Q1

The five largest purchases between Jan. 1 and March 31 included subscription renewals for spreadsheet software and GIS services, as well as cabling and other items.

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) spent $3.6 million on its five largest buys of IT services in the first quarter of 2024.

According to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System, Caltrans’ $3,631,216 in purchases included subscription renewals for spreadsheet software and GIS services, as well as cabling and other items. (All numbers are rounded.)

The five largest purchases from Jan. 1 through March 31 included:
  • $3,600,000 for Advantage Standard maintenance and support from CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., in a Jan. 1 non-competitively bid contract for the first year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2024) of a three-year agreement that runs through Dec. 31, 2026.
  • $9,312 for spreadsheet software renewal through Allied Network Solutions, in a competitively bid contract.
  • $8,147 for renewal of a subscription for GIS with the Imperial County agricultural commissioner’s office, in a non-competitively bid contract dated Jan. 11.
  • $7,000 for “cable installation through coiled tubing services,” in a Jan. 9 competitively bid contract with Sasco.
  • $6,757 for database information retrieval systems related to the digitization, preservation and storage of historic California transportation photos. The Jan. 3 contract with OCLC Inc. was competitively bid.

By way of comparison, Caltrans spent $22,244,649 on its five largest buys in the first quarter of 2023. Those purchases included some big-ticket items including bridge surveillance cameras, emergency disaster recovery operations for computer operations, consulting and a pilot program for per-mile road charges for motorists.

The periodic reports of spending on IT goods and services by agencies and departments in state government are compiled by Industry Insider — California as a way of highlighting procurements and trends.
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.