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DGS Overview

Christopher L. Beschler

Joe Damico
Deputy Director

With more than 600 employees and a budget of approximately $131 million, the Department of General Services (DGS) provides a wide array of services for other state agencies, local governments, and citizens.

DGS serves as the infrastructure for state government by serving in a support capacity with four separate divisions and eight business units.



Statewide Procurement Services 

Division of Purchases and Supplies (DPS) 

  • Facilitates and operates Virginia’s electronic procurement system (eVA) 
  • Leveraging the buying power of the Commonwealth, DPS is able to increase the access to Commonwealth business opportunities for SWAM businesses 
  • Maintains and serves as the authority of the integrity of the Commonwealth’s procurement processes 


Statewide Procurement and Distribution Services 

Virginia Distribution Center (VDC) 

  • A cooperative procurement service that provides high-quality products through consolidated leveraged purchasing opportunities. 
  • Provides government agencies, political subdivisions, and other government entities high-quality products at usually lower than market prices resulting in savings. 


Statewide Laboratory Services 

Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) 

  • Performs more than 6 million laboratory tests a year, using 650 different testing methods 
  • Provides analytical testing services for agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia, local government, federal agencies and other states as well as a wide variety of other samples such as gasoline, animal feeds and fertilizers, lottery tickets and blood specimens from all Virginia infants  
  • DCLS was one of the first 4 state laboratories selected and funded by the federal government to test specimens from people for evidence of exposure to chemical weapons  


Statewide Buying, Selling, and Leasing Real Estate Services 

Division of Real Estate Services (DRES) 

  • Manages the Commonwealth’s real estate portfolio providing strategic planning assistance to agencies along with transaction negotiation support including leasing acquisition, disposal and easements 
  • Maintains a real estate database and administers statewide contracts for outsourced real estate services 
  • Provides transactional document support and sells surplus real estate  
  • Included among the state-owned portfolio of land and buildings DRES oversees, is 400,000 acres of land in over 1,200 locations; 12,000 buildings; and 117 million square feet of space and additionally, Virginia leases approximately 13 million square feet of rental space in 1500 locations. 


Statewide Engineering, Architectural and Building Management Services 

Division of Engineering & Buildings (DEB), Bureau of Capital Outlay Management (BCOM), Bureau of Facilities Management (BFM) 

  • Sets policies and procedures for and generally oversees the Commonwealth’s design and construction program 
  • Serves as the Building Code Official for all facilities constructed on state-owned property
  • Oversees the management, maintenance, operation, and security of 36 state structures in and around Capitol Square and the metro-Richmond area 
  • Provides management of capital improvement projects throughout the planning, design and construction phases  
  • Most recent capital outlay projects include the renovations in Capitol Square, such as the renovation of the State Capitol and the historic Patrick Henry, Oliver Hill, and Washington buildings 


Statewide Vehicle Management Services 

Office of Fleet Management Services (OFMS) 

  • Operates and maintains a centralized fleet of approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles 
  • More than 175 agencies and institutions use these vehicles for state business 
  • Administers, monitors and enforces all rules and regulations regarding the assignment, utilization, maintenance, repair, and replacement of fleet vehicles 
  • Oversees the operation of the Vehicle Management Control Center to provide assistance to drivers for emergencies and for servicing the vehicle 


Statewide Graphic Design Services 

Director’s Office - Office of Graphic Communications (OGC) 

  • Offers quality print and internet media communication services to state agencies, institutions of higher education, local governments and non-profit organizations 
  • Provides high-quality, award winning communications projects ranging from logos and web sites to displays and brochures  
  • It is a mandatory source for state agencies pursuant to section 2.1 in the Commonwealth’s Agency Procurement and Surplus Property Manual (APSPM)  

Surplus Property Programs 

Director’s Office - Central Procurement Unit 

  • Maintains and operates two surplus property warehouses (Richmond & Wytheville) redistributing a wide range of surplus state and federal property to agencies of the Commonwealth, qualified nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and the public 
  • Operates and maintains Virginia’s first retail surplus property store in Wytheville, Virginia 


Seat of Government Mail Services 

Director’s Office - Central Procurement Unit 

  • Provides postal services  to state offices in and around Capitol Square and the Richmond metro area 
  • Provides postal services to more than 36 agencies 


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