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Tracking the Spend: Secretary of State’s Top IT Services Purchases in Q3

The office’s five largest transactions for IT services during the year’s third quarter approached the mid-seven figures combined.

An office that leads crucial resident-facing state functions made several key purchases around IT during the year’s third quarter.

From July 1-Sept. 30, the California Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) made 49 purchases of IT services and spent $3,740,123.45 on its five most expensive buys in that area — most of that with one company. The office, which is comprised of nearly 500 staff, works to enhance government transparency and accessibility around elections, business, political campaigning, legislative advocacy and historical treasures, per its website. Here’s more information, with rounding, on what the department spent:

$2.1 million to CGI for monthly maintenance and operation services. SOS made the purchase Sept. 30.

$488,000 to Tecuity for the annual renewal of UCC software licensing — likely a reference to Uniform Commercial Code, the laws that govern commercial transactions. SOS made the purchase July 13.

$485,000 to CGI for maintenance and operations on software and hardware for VoteCal, which is the state’s centralized voter registration database. SOS made the purchase Aug. 1.

$428,000 to i3logix for software as a service around the Ballot Tracking System. SOS made the purchase July 26.

$250,000 to Twitter for advertisement. SOS made the purchase Aug. 22.

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.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.