CDT Vendor Forum Highlights Upcoming Procurement Opportunities

By Published On: June 18, 2021

The California Department of Technology held its twice-yearly vendor forum on Thursday, June 17, discussing topics ranging from office relocation to major initiatives and procurement opportunities for the state’s vendor partners.  Hosted by State CIO Amy Tong and Deputy State CIO Russ Nichols, the two-hour session included more than 200 technology professionals at the online event.

First on the agenda was CDT’s move to a new office. In the effort to reduce its physical footprint in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, CDT has moved its headquarters next to the Department of General Services in the Ziggurat building in West Sacramento. Going a step beyond Governor Newsom’s directive to keep 70 percent of state workers working remotely, 90 to 95 percent of CDT’s workforce will remain working from home. 

Another subject of conversation involved the department’s statewide AI initiative that was piloted last summer. CDT partnered with the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, creating a soon-to-be-published report complete with baseline suggestions for AI implementation across state departments. Like so many other things, the report has been delayed as the department focused on vaccine rollout efforts. 

The presentation also included future procurement opportunities, such as:

  • RFP 33526, currently advertised on Cal eProcure, seeks cloud-based infrastructure and platform as a service. The bid has an end date of July 23, 2021.
  • Vendors can pre-qualify for administrative requirements, streamlining submissions and cutting down on time spent in the procurement process. Roughly 200 vendors are currently in the pre-qualification database.
  • CDT is expecting a procurement for standardized remote work equipment (laptops, desktops, monitors, and PC-related equipment) sometime within the next year.
  • California is undertaking a major initiative to standardize its website platforms across the Executive Branch.
  • California will refresh its pre-qualified vendor pool for agile services in Q4 of 2021.
  • The IT Master Services Agreement (ITMSA) list will be updated,  with a release date expected in July 2021.
  • The proposed state budget includes $11.4 million one-time General Fund for CDT to target critical services, perform a rigorous assessment of the most vital and at-risk services, develop report cards, drive interventions and improvements, and identify key safeguards.
  • The proposed May Revise state budget includes a one-time $50 million technology modernization fund.

 

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