7760 Department of General Services
Program Descriptions


With a multi-billion dollar annual investment in facilities for state offices and public schools, centralized responsibilities for inspection and approval are needed. This is achieved in the following ways: (a) Assuring protection of lives and property in public buildings and schools through plan review and field supervision; (b) Ensuring that facilities constructed with state funds are accessible to persons with disabilities; (c) Developing uniform public health and safety regulations for state and public building construction; (d) Administering the State School Facility Program, which provides financial assistance to school districts for the development of schools sites, construction, and modernization or replacement of school buildings; and (e) Adopting, codifying and publishing building standards for design and construction throughout California.


Centralized responsibilities for leasing, planning, acquisition, design, construction, maintenance, and operation are needed to ensure quality, avoid redundancy, and deliver property and facilities at the lowest possible cost. This is achieved by: (a) Providing adequate space for state operations at a cost below that which each agency could provide for itself; (b) Assuring protection of lives and property in public buildings through progressive design and proactive construction inspection; (c) Selecting the most qualified firms (both internal and external) to design and construct high quality facilities for other state departments to deliver their programs to the citizens of California; (d) Acquiring, managing, and disposing of real property assets for state agencies, and providing public service facilities with economy of operations and uniform practices for protecting the public's interests and ensuring equitable treatment of private property owners; (e) Preserving the state's capital investment in building, grounds, and equipment through an efficient and effective centralized maintenance and operations program; and providing state-wide sustainability, energy efficiency and clean renewable energy generation programs.


To fulfill their program responsibilities, state agencies require support services for business transactions and activities which are basic to their organizational functions. These operational requirements include procurement of green and sustainable materials, energy/natural gas, and transportation; publishing and related business and office services. Other state agency support requirements include travel, consulting services for legal contracts, risk and insurance management services and budget, accounting and human resources services. Additionally, state and local agencies contract for the services of administrative judges to conduct quasi-judicial hearings and mediations authorized by law.


The Administration program provides services essential to support the programmatic responsibilities of the Department. This program provides executive leadership and policy direction through the executive office, legislative affairs, legal services, auditing, research and strategic planning, public affairs and equal employment opportunity as well as central administrative services in accounting, budgeting, business services, human resources, training, labor relations, information technology, health and safety, procurement, and contracting.