Here Are State Transportation Department’s Top Purchases of IT Services During April

The California Department of Transportation’s top five most expensive purchases of IT services in April approached $400,000 and included Internet access, software and printer parts.

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The California Department of Transportation made 11 purchases of IT services during April, spending more than $350,000 on its top five buys — and with most of the money going to one vendor.

According to data in the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System (SCPRS), Caltrans paid $382,396 for its five most expensive purchases. Here, with rounding, is what the department spent:

  • $369,677 to multinational analytics and decisions tools provider RELX for work on “library book or borrowers cards -- FY 21/22.” Per SCPRS, the work to be performed is under a Department of General Services (DGS) Master Service Agreement. Caltrans made the purchase April 30.
  • $6,035 to Sacramento-based Smile Business Products for “drum cartridge.” The reason for the purchase was “to provide parts and service for network printers for employee use.” Caltrans made the purchase April 22.
  • $5,196 to Articulate Global for “Articulate 360 E-Learn Software,” which is needed “for the Learning and Development Office to maintain their daily work and training commitments.” Caltrans made the purchase April 29.
  • $1,117 to Adorama for “Adobe Premiere Elements 2021” software, to “edit and downsize images and videos that are captured from the UAS (drone) technology.” The images, according to SCPRS, “will be used in bridge inspection reports.” Caltrans made the purchase April 23.
  • $372 to Cox Communications California for “Cal-Card Commodity,” the monthly Internet cable service charge from Cox Cable for the department’s Carpinteria RE Office. The purchase, made April 16, was for Internet for the office during April.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Techwire.