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June 28, 2017

General Assembly Building Surplus Sale Allows You to Own a Piece of Virginia History

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) and the Virginia General Assembly today announced a unique opportunity for state agencies, schools, localities and the public to own a piece of Virginia history by purchasing surplus items from the General Assembly Building before it is demolished and replaced with a new facility. Items include everything from House Appropriations Committee room chairs and the Senate Finance Committee room dais, to office equipment and supplies, electronics and more.

April 26, 2017

DGS Fleet Director Wins Excellence in Fleet Leadership Award from National Industry Group

TAMPA, Florida _ The Department of General Services announced today that Office of Fleet Management Services Director Michael Bisogno was awarded the Excellence in Fleet Leadership award from NAFA Fleet Management Association, a national industry group.

April 6, 2017

DGS debuts newly redesigned, more user-friendly website

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the debut of the agency's redesigned website, www.dgs.virginia.gov. The new website features updated, user-friendly content, simplified navigation and mobile-first design that makes it easier for customers and the public to quickly access the information they need.

February 23, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Renovated Capitol Square Building in Honor of Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today dedicated a newly renovated state office building in honor of Barbara Johns, who as a teen in 1951 led a group of students to walk out of their Farmville high school in protest of the dilapidated conditions, paving the way for a lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the nation's public schools.

November 14, 2016

DGS honors public procurement professionals, teams

VIRGINIA BEACH –The Department of General Services' Division of Purchases and Supply on Monday recognized public procurement professionals whose achievements have advanced the process for purchasing goods and services in the Commonwealth.

October 11, 2016

Decision America Tour Event to Impact Capitol Square, Close Some Nearby Roads

RICHMOND – Department of General Services Director Chris Beschler announced today that some areas of Capitol Square will be impacted Wednesday due to an event on the Square. The Decision America Tour is expected to draw several thousand visitors to Capitol Square. The event will be held from noon until 1 p.m. The Capitol and Capitol Square will remain open to visitors, but pedestrian travel may be restricted.

August 24, 2016

State Agencies, Localities Benefit from Deeply Discounted Surplus Items from Fort Monroe

FORT MONROE – The Department of General Services (DGS) and Fort Monroe Authority today hosted state agencies and localities from across Virginia for a unique opportunity to purchase high-quality, gently used office furnishings at dramatically discounted prices. The open house at Fort Monroe, organized by the DGS Office of Surplus Property Management, was intended to promote reuse of the furniture, which saves taxpayer dollars and keeps the items out of landfills.

August 22, 2016

DGS to hold Public Hearing on Proposed Regulation Banning Firearms in Executive Branch offices

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services (DGS) will hold a public hearing to gather comments on its proposed permanent regulation banning concealed firearms in Executive Branch offices, as provided by Executive Order 50 (McAuliffe 2015).

July 13, 2016

Virginia's State Laboratory to Begin Testing Mosquitoes for Zika Virus

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Department of General Services' Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas across Virginia for Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

May 23, 2016

Some areas of Capitol Square to be impacted this week by filming of Mercy Street: Season Two

RICHMOND– Department of General Services Director Chris Beschler announced today that some areas of Capitol Square will be impacted this week as crews film the television show Mercy Street: Season Two.

April 18, 2016

Virginia's State Laboratory receives CDC approval to begin testing for Zika virus

RICHMOND– The Department of General Services today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the department's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services as a Zika virus testing laboratory, which will allow for more timely results for those suspected of being infected by the mosquito-borne illness.

March 21, 2016

Governor McAuliffe, First Lady Hold Ribbon Cutting for Executive Mansion Accessibility Ramp

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe today were joined by veterans and Virginians with disabilities for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of an accessibility ramp at the Executive Mansion that will enhance access and safety for all guests.

February 18, 2016

DGS announces first public-use building completed using Virginia-developed green standard

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services announced today that a newly renovated student services center at Tidewater Community College is the first public-use building in the Commonwealth completed using standards developed in Virginia to promote energy efficiency and conservation in government facilities.

February 17, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Ranked Second in Nation for Procurement Practices

RICHMOND- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked second in the nation in the Governing Institute's inaugural Procurement Survey of the States. The rankings recognize states for technological innovation, transparency and strategic methods in providing public bodies with goods, services and information technology.

January 13, 2016

DGS Fleet Director Recognized by Industry Publication

RICHMOND– The Department of General Services announced today that Office of Fleet Management Services Director Michael Bisogno was named to Government Fleet's "20 Under 40," which recognizes the next generation of public fleet professionals who are making an impact on the industry.

December 9, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Feature to Make it Easier for Businesses to Land Government Contracts

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a free business-to-business (B2B) collaboration feature for eVA, Virginia's award winning electronic procurement system. eVA's new B2B Connect makes it easier for businesses to find partners and establish relationships when competing for government contracts.

November 16, 2015

DGS honors public procurement professionals, teams

VIRGINIA BEACH –The Department of General Services' Division of Purchases and Supply on Monday recognized public procurement professionals whose achievements have advanced the process for purchasing goods and services in the Commonwealth.

November 13, 2015

DGS wins Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public Information for work on UCI bike race

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services on Friday was presented the 2015 Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public Information for its communication efforts in preparation for the UCI Road World Championships.

October 23, 2015

Governor and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Announce Plan to Construct Accessibility Ramp at Executive Mansion

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced today a project to enhance accessibility to the historic Executive Mansion by installing a ramp for guests with physical disabilities.

October 8, 2015

James Madison Building closes due to small fire

RICHMOND – The James Madison Building, located at 109 Governor Street near Capitol Square, was evacuated due to a small fire on Thursday. The building will close for the rest of the day and will remain closed on Friday.

September 29, 2015

DGS Announces Project to Repair and Preserve Monroe's Tomb

RICHMOND –The Department of General Services today announced a yearlong project to repair and preserve James Monroe's tomb ahead of the 2016 bicentennial of his election as the nation's fifth president.

September 3, 2015

Sliwoski to retire as Director of Department of General Services

Richmond – The Department of General Services announced today that Director Richard F. Sliwoski, P.E., will retire in October after nearly a decade leading the agency.

June 15, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces Expanded Newborn Screening Program

RICHMOND – Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, will be one of the disorders that every Virginia-born infant is screened for. The disease, which is fatal if not detected early, affects approximately one out of every 50,000 live births.

April 14, 2015

Maintenance work on Virginia Capitol exterior to begin next week

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that crews will begin maintenance work on the exterior of the Virginia Capitol on April 20, 2015.

March 23, 2015

Media Logistics for Fall of Richmond Commemoration at Virginia Capitol

From April 1-4, 2015, more than 20 cultural and history institutions throughout Richmond will commemorate the April 1865 fall of Richmond to Union forces.

March 6, 2015

DCLS Once Again Named CDC's Mid-Atlantic PulseNet Area Laboratory

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that its Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) was selected to serve as the PulseNet Area Laboratory for the Mid-Atlantic region for another five years