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Tracking the Spend: $7M for High-Speed Rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority spent $7,014,362 on its 10 largest purchases of IT services in the first half of the year.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority spent just over $7 million on its 10 largest purchases of IT services in the first half of 2023.

The majority of the $7,014,362 in expenditures (with rounding) were for consulting, system integration, maintenance and operations, and subject matter expertise, according to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System. These were the 10 largest contracts — the top five of which were for $900,000 each — awarded from Jan. 1 through June 30:
  • $900,000 for “Expert consultant services to provide maintenance and operational support of the IBM Maximo solution and its integrations,” in an IT Master Services Agreement (ITMSA) with Providence Technology Group Inc. that runs from Feb. 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024.
  • $900,000 for services related to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), in a May 16 master agreement contract, also with Providence Technology Group.
  • $900,000, also for work related to the GGRF, in a Feb. 15 competitively bid contract with Capio Group.
  • $900,000 for “expert services to support the development of ongoing maintenance and operations of the Authority’s custom applications,” in an ITSMA award to West Advanced Technologies Inc. that started April 3 and runs through March 31, 2025.
  • $900,000 for “expert services to support the implementation on the Authority's data management plan,” in a Feb. 10 ITMSA contract with Capio Group that runs through July 1, 2024.
  • $650,000 for “expert services to assist with the migration of SharePoint 2016 to SharePoint Online and … ongoing operational support of SharePoint Online and its integrations and customizations,” in a June 5 ITSMA contract that runs through July 31, 2024.
  • $600,000 for “Application support services to provide maintenance and operational support of a portfolio of custom Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions,” in a Feb. 13 ITSMA contract with AgreeYa Solutions that runs through June 30, 2024.
  • $600,000 for work related to GGRF, in a Feb. 13 competitively bid contract, also with AgreeYa Solutions.
  • $550,000 for “subject matter expertise not available within State services,” in a May 5 ITSMA contract with Alexan RPM Inc. that runs through Oct. 31, 2024.
  • $114,362 for Imperva Incapsula website subscription licenses, in a June 19 small-business competitively bid contract with Nexxsol Corp.

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.