Logo of Cronin AwardThe Department of General Services (DGS) Procurement Division has been awarded the 2014 George Cronin award by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) for excellence in government procurement practices.

The NASPO Cronin Award provides national recognition to state procurement programs who demonstrate ground-breaking procurement strategies for innovation, cost reduction, service improvement, and transferability to other programs and states.

The DGS Procurement Division’s multiple award schedules program was honored for its efforts to significantly increase proposal responsiveness and opportunities for proposers to succeed. These actions ultimately increased the award rate to 82 percent; up from 13 percent.

California Multiple Award Schedules (CMAS) offers a wide variety of commodities, non-IT services and information technology products and services to state and local government at prices which have been assessed to be fair, reasonable and competitive.

California purchases a wide variety of goods and services ranging from pencils to temporary labor.  Annual purchases total almost $10 billion.  The DGS Procurement Division is the central purchasing authority for state government departments and agencies.

Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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