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Tracking the Spend: A Breakdown of Air Board’s Top Buys in IT Services

The spending by the California Air Resources Board was for services including consulting, reporting and software, and the five largest categories within those codes accounted for $23,470,961, with rounding, according to the Procurement Division of the Department of General Services.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) spent a little over $23 million in fiscal year 2023-24 on a variety of IT services, with the five largest categories of those purchases accounting for the majority of the spend.

According to the Procurement Division of the Department of General Services, CARB spent $23,470,961 (with rounding) on IT services in the five largest categories under the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code, a standard for e-commerce. Those five were:
  • Computer services — Software maintenance and support: This category totaled $17,955,251, or 76.5 percent of the total spend. Of that sum, $17,800,000 went to OnCore Consulting LLC; $151,051 went to HF Tech Services Inc.; and $4,200 went to SunstoneIT LLC.
  • MGMT Business Prof & Admin Services — Business corporate MGMT consult services: This category accounted for $3,496,320, or 14.9 percent of the spend. Of that sum, $1,944,320 was with Estrada Consulting Inc. (55.6 percent of spend) and $1,552,000 (44.39 percent) went to M Corp.
  • Business corporate MGMT consult services — IT consulting services: This category totaled $450,000, with $300,000 (66.6 percent) going to Public Consulting Group LLC; and $150,000 (33.3 percent) going to SymSoft Solutions LLC.
  • Environmental management services — Environmental reporting: This category accounted for $400,110, with the only expenditure going to Science Applications International Corp.
  • Business function specific software: This category totaled $355,015, with $249,469 (70.27 percent) going to SunstoneIT LLC; $46,259 (13.03 percent) going to Argus Media Inc.; $28,927 (8.1 percent) going to Regents of the University of California; $15,900 (4.4 percent) going to Carbon Market Pulse Ltd.; $7,443 (2.1 percent) going to Strato Communications Inc.; $5,309 (1.5 percent) going to Wavelength Automation Inc.; $1,335 (0.38 percent) going to Horizon Business Solutions Inc.; and $373 (0.11 percent) going to Acuity Technical Solutions LLC.

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.