The Department of General Services has announced the winners of the 2016 DGS Values Awards presented to a small group of employees who were nominated by their peers for demonstrating an especially strong commitment to the department’s core values: Integrity, Accountability, Communication, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork.

View the DGS Values Awards archived streaming video on YouTube.
See a photo album of the winners.


Sarah Cering,
Procurement Division

See video.

Created Program to Assist State Departments

  • Public Safety Procurement Program allows departments to purchase drugs and emergency supplies faster and cheaper.
  • Created a FI$Cal Policy Manual for departments that transact in FI$Cal.

Promotes Transparency and Collaboration

  • Formed interagency work groups to address concerns before problems arise


Roger Cooper,
Facilities Management Division

See video.

Stepped In and Took Charge Amidst Change

  • During switchover from RESD to FMD, took on complex project already underway.
  • Identified and remedied problems to move project forward and serve our clients.

Communicated to All Stakeholders

  • Kept all parties informed of progress every step of the way.


Dave Dickey,
Office of State Publishing

See video.

Key Role in Legislative Bill Printing

  • Took initiative to become subject matter expert to ensure DGS/OSP fulfills commitments to Legislature.

Helps Colleagues Provide Stellar Service 

  • Tracks deadlines, projects future workflow and shares broad knowledge.
  • Represents fellow staff, OSP and DGS with integrity and excellence.


Denise Lewis,
Office of Sustainability

See video.

Seized an Opportunity to Make a Difference

  • Successfully applied for grant to acquire six bicycles for DGS BikeShare.
  • Also created State Employee BikeShare for all Sacramento state workers.

Program Embodies DGS Strategic Goals

  • Saves state money, reduces emissions and promotes healthy lifestyle for employees.


Lisa Gregory
Office of Fiscal Services

See video.

Shares Extensive Knowledge with Others

  • Well-respected throughout DGS for her wisdom and knowledge of budgeting.

Embraces Transparency and Collaboration

  • Fosters teamwork and accountability among her staff.
  • Works to keep client agencies updated and involved in the process.


Armando Torres, Sr.
Facilities Management Division

See video.

Dedicated to His Colleagues

  • Volunteers to help with tasks and solve problems beyond his usual duties.

Models Attributes of Ideal Custodian

  • Shows integrity in all he does.
  • So well-loved that building tenants petitioned for his return when he was moved to a different route.


Elizabeth Winward,
Procurement Division

See video.

Vital to Lowering the Price of Costly Drugs

  • Critical role in formation of California Pharmaceutical Collaborative.
  • Will save millions of dollars for state and local governments that buy drugs.

Consistently Embodies Excellence

  • Regular workload continues to excel; always first to volunteer help.


Communications & Policy Unit,
Division of the State Architect

See video.

Exhibited Cohesive Teamwork

  • Started a high-profile initiative from scratch and made it a success.

Efforts Inspire Sustainable Practices

  • Lessons learned from 7x7x7 will allow older schools to update facilities for water and energy efficiency without having to rebuild.

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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