Budget Outlines State Procurement Initiatives that Support Tech, California Businesses

Published On: January 13, 2022

The Governor’s 2022-23 Budget Summary, released on Monday, Jan. 10, outlined new state procurement initiatives for the future, placing an emphasis on tech initiatives and supporting California-based businesses. 

According to the Budget Summary, roughly 90 percent of the state’s contracts have gone to California-based businesses. That equals over $100 billion in expenditures that have helped to employ Californians. $30 billion in the 2020-21 fiscal year will go towards supporting local California businesses.

“DGS will continue to support these businesses, with a focus on increasing small business participation in the state contracting process, improving equity, and achieving diversity in the state’s supplier base,” the budget summary reads. 

This sentiment echoes other initiatives set forth in the budget summary. The summary notes that one of the state’s goals is to employ a workforce that reflects California’s diverse population. 

Another goal put forward in the summary mentions the importance of better data collection and analysis that can help the state inform recruiting and testing when building a workforce. . 

To continue a technologically-minded initiative, the Department of General Services (DGS) has expanded its centralized procurement for digital transformation contracts to offer data, design, and digital consulting roles. 

“This expansion increases the state’s partnerships with the technology sector to support the ways in which Californians interact with government through data and information technology,” per the budget summary.  

About the Author: Will Keys

Will Keys writes about technology issues for the GovReport. He is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be reached at will at govreport.org