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Which State Agencies Spent Most on IT, Telecom in the Past Year?

Data curated by the state Department of General Services shows that agencies as a whole spent more on IT goods and services last November than in any other month since then.

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The five departments of state government that topped spending in the past calendar year are those related to technology, drivers, taxes and the courts.

Data provided by the state Department of General Services’ State Contract and Procurement Registration System (SCPRS) shows that the California Department of Technology (CDT) spent more than any other department on IT goods and services and telecom. The next four top-spending departments in the IT/telecom category were, in descending order, the Office of Systems Integration (OSI), the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Franchise Tax Board and the Judicial Branch.
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The same SCPRS database shows that December 2020 was the busiest month in the past calendar year for purchase orders, with 2,217 such transactions. November 2020 was next, with 1,594, followed by January (1,188), April (793), March (725), June (704), August (682), September (602), October (565), February (499), May (470), and July (74).

The same database also indicates that IT goods accounted for more spending, $535.2 million, than IT services, with $367.2 million.

Breaking down the purchase orders by amount, the ones valued between $1,000 and $10,000 accounted for more than any other spend range, with 3,668. Next-largest came those orders under $1,000, which totaled 3,285. Purchase orders valued at more than $50,000 totaled 1,611; and those valued between $10,000 and $50,000 totaled 1,549.

The figures are the latest provided by DGS; they have not been cleansed or verified by Techwire.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.