Contracting & Purchasing Services

Image of Sentinel

The largest acquisition recently handled by our Purchasing Services group was our new research vessel, The Sentinel (shown here on the San Joaquin River near the Antioch Bridge). ©DWR/2016

We conduct a vast array of procurement activities to support our employees who work with the State Water Project, dams, buildings, structures, construction projects, information technology, water management, maintenance operations, telecommunications, real estate, legal services, environmental management, and emergency services.


We also procure equipment, materials, and supplies needed to support our diverse operations and provide service contract development, advice, and assistance to all of our divisions.

Contract Services (CS) shepherds the acquisition of non-IT services through the solicitation of bids and the contract award approval process for our internal client programs. Our contract specialists serve as subject matter experts on non-IT service contracting laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and best practices. Our work on the Fish Restoration Program - Request for Proposal Task Force has been recognized on the national policy level.


Our contract specialists ensure we're able to meet goals and fulfill mission objectives through:

  • Effective partnerships with internal client programs, external vendors, and other State agencies
  • Ethical procurement practices
  • Training opportunities
  • Updated contracting policies and procedures
  • Encouragement of maximum vendor participation to foster competition
  • Promotion of the use of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB & DVBE) vendors
  • Consistent application of State and departmental policies to ensure appropriate stewardship of public funds

Private Entity Contracting Examples


  • Exploratory well drilling
  • Uniform rental and cleaning
  • Painting and coating
  • Air or water quality monitoring
  • Training services
  • Janitorial services
  • Landscaping
  • Fleet maintenance & repair
  • Application of aquatic herbicides
  • Trash removal
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Pest control
  • American Sign Language interpreting
  • Heavy equipment rental
  • Crane rental
  • Equipment maintenance

Purchasing Services and the five Operations and Maintenance Field Divisions procure non-IT goods needed to support our diverse operations. Staff handle commodity purchasing and warehousing operations, acquire goods, and provide purchasing-related support services. We're accountable for compliance with the Commodities Delegation Authority granted by Department of General Services' Procurement Division for purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and for preparing procurement reports for various control agencies. We also administer our procurement card (VISA) program, known as CAL-Card, and the Meeting Planner Account program for off-site rental of facilities for meetings, workshops, conferences, and conventions.  

Commodity Purchase Examples

  • Fuel
  • Electrical and mechanical supplies
  • Construction materials and tools
  • Safety supplies
  • Chemicals and gases
  • Fleet equipment, including vehicles, boats, and heavy construction
  • Furniture and office supplies
  • Emergency response supplies
  • Scientific and laboratory equipment and supplies    

Vendors Interested in Providing Goods

Vendors interested in selling products and viewing bid solicitations should register with the Financial Information System of California (FI$CAL), a partnership between multiple State departments developed to modernize and consolidate the State's numerous financial data systems.

IT Contracting & Purchasing Services (ITCPS) uses various procurement authorities to conduct our transactions for IT consulting services, hardware, software, peripherals, and telecommunications. Some are governed by the Department of General Services (DGS) while other authorities are statutorily granted directly to us. Our analysts serve as process experts on IT procurement laws, regulations, executive orders, policies, procedures, and best practices.


Technology goods and services needed to achieve our mission include:


  • IT Consulting & Personal Services
  • Software and licensing
  • Software maintenance and support
  • IT hardware (servers, laptop and desktop computers, and tablets)
  • Telecommunication systems – installation and maintenance
  • Copiers and printers
  • Cellular phones
  • IT accessories and supplies

Contact Us

Find general contact information in the directory, or select the button below for procurement office details.

Contact Office