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Tracking the Spend: Cal OES Spent $14.6M on 5 Top Buys of IT Goods

The department's five largest purchases of IT goods last year totaled $14,639,129 and included radio equipment and project management services.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) spent $14.6 million on its five largest purchases of IT goods in 2023.

Cal OES serves as “the state’s leadership hub during all major emergencies and disasters … including responding, directing, and coordinating state and federal resources and mutual aid assets across all regions to support the diverse communities across the state.”

According to the State Contract and Procurement Registration System, Cal OES spent $14,639,129 on its five largest buys of IT services from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023. (All numbers are rounded.) They were:
  • $5,700,000 for equipment from Nokia of America Corp. in a cooperative agreement running from Feb. 1, 2023, through June 30, 2025.
  • $4,088,503 for radio equipment (“MOTOROLA, ASTRO 2020.1 GTR8000 ESS PHASE II 4 VOICE CHANNELS, COMMERCIAL POWERED VHF SITES”) in a statewide contract with Motorola Solutions Inc. that was awarded March 13.
  • $2,829,624 for file storage in an Aug. 4 contract with Taborda Solutions Inc. that was awarded under the Software Licensing Program.
  • $1,015,000 for a senior project manager in a June 16 contract with Astute Solutions LLC that was awarded under the California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS).
  • $1,006,002 for a part-time project manager in a June 17 CMAS contract with Astute Solutions.

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.