The California Department of General Services (DGS) is a state government agency in the executive branch of the government of California in the United States. It provides a large number of services to other agencies in the government of California, playing a role that is similar to that played by the General Services Administration for the federal government of the United States.
It also provides services like: administrative hearings, human resources administration, insurance, procurement and acquisition, publishing, real estate management and design, telecommunications, transportation, funding for the construction of schools, records management, training, and videoconferencing.
It buys virtually everything the state government needs with the exception of:
Contracts and leases are mostly awarded by individual state agencies.
The Procurement Division also delegates procurement authority to certain agencies and departments which then have the authority to place contracts on their own behalf.
In 2004, DGS became part of the Governor's Green Building Initiative per Executive Order S-20-04 which calls for public buildings to be 20 percent more energy efficient by 2015.