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The Department of General Services (DGS) has been alerted to activity aimed at defrauding state of California agencies and the vendor and bidder community

September 12, 2017

The Department of General Services (DGS) has been alerted to activity aimed at defrauding state of California agencies and the vendor and bidder community. These activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Issuance of fraudulent purchase orders (PO) being sent from what appears to be a legitimate DGS employee and email address.
  2. Issuance of a spoof email requesting vendors validate contact details to ensure they do not miss bidding opportunities.
  3. Emails containing a hyperlink to an unknown destination to update vendor contact information.

In light of these activities, DGS Procurement Division encourages all vendors and bidders to be diligent and exercise best practices to ensure your cyber security. If you believe you may have received a fraudulent PO, please utilize the resource below to help protect yourself from falling victim to these scams.

  • Confirming that the PO is legitimate by directly contacting the issuing department and the buyer whose name is listed on the PO. A directory for most of the state of California employees is located on the California Online Directory at https://cold.govops.ca.gov/
  • Departments are required to immediately report all purchases on California’s State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS).  The public can search for public purchasing data by going to the Cal eProcure website, under the “Get Public Information” heading and clicking on “View Past Purchases” yellow button https://caleprocure.ca.gov/pages/public-search.aspx
  • Treat links in emails as attachments: only click on them when you are expecting to see one.  Verify web addresses by using your favorite search engine, or navigate directly to a site that you have been asked to log into, and finally, type the address in longhand, ensuring that you are being sent to a legitimate site.

DGS remains committed to informing you and providing resources in order to address this issue.

From your APA President – Accessing the Future

From your APA President – Accessing the Future

 

This summer the weather was hot, but now many of us have family and friends that are dealing with and facing much more than simply heat.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have raised the bar on records that didn’t need to be raised, and will be challenging those that live and work in their paths for some time to come.  On behalf of APA, I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  Hopefully, the day will come soon when everyone has recovered from these devastating events.
 
Your APA Board and Committees have been hard at work in the background continuing the work of our organization.  Unfortunately, TDLR postponed the adoption of new RAS procedures until early next year.  However, TDLR is working on implementing new online services for our work and we are hopeful that it may be in place by years end.  Stay tuned for more information!
 
Looking forward, our association will be attending and exhibiting at the American Institute of Architects next June in New York.  This is a big step for us as we move onto the national scene.  If any of you will be attending, please let Shirley or Nina know.
 
Let me also encourage you to get involved in your community and advocate for greater accessibility.  While much has been accomplished in the last 26-plus years since the enactment of the ADA, there is still much to be done and many still need to be educated on the importance of making the built environment accessible.
 
Remember that what we do today will impact accessibility for the years to come.
 
Feel free to contact me, our board members or staff if we may be of assistance.
 
Carroll Pruitt, FAIA, NCARB, 2017 APA President

Free Webinar: How to Prepare for the IFC Special Inspector Exam

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Tips and Techniques to Help Prepare for a Successful IFC Special Inspector Exam
 
  • Understand why 40-60 hours of study may be required to pass this exam
  • Learn the most efficient way to organize the study materials
  • Review common pitfalls and misconceptions from past examinees
  • Know what exam information is required, and where it is located
  • Become familiarized with the online exam and Test.com process
 
Preparing to take the IFC Special Inspector Exam? This webinar builds on the experience of past examinees, including the instructor’s own, to help you understand the exam format and provide guidance on the most effective and efficient way to organize the study materials from the Recommended Reading List
 
 
Webinar: Tips and Techniques to Help Prepare for a Successful IFC Special Inspector Exam (1 hour, with Q&A)
 
 Date:  August 29, 2017
Time: 1 pm PDT (3 pm CDT4 pm EDT)

May 2017 Accessibility and CASp 101 Classes

May 2017 Accessibility and CASp 101 Classes

 

Dear DSA Partners,

We are pleased to announce added May DSA Academy classes: an access compliance class and a CASp 101 class! For more information about the classes, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title below.
Access Compliance – 2013 & 2016 CBC

  • May 10, 2017 – Palo Alto

CASp 101: Certification and Practice

  • May 19, 2017 – Clovis

Registration Information:
More detailed registration information and instructions are available at:
http://www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Resources/Registration.aspx

Please contact DSAAcademy@dgs.ca.gov should you have any questions or issues with the DSA Academy website.

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender – New FAQs Document

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender – New FAQs Document

A frequently asked questions (FAQs) supplement to the Division of the State Architect (DSA) bulletin on the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender is now available!
 
BU 17-01-01 Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender: Frequently Asked Questions contains additional information to assist facility operators and design professionals who design facilities under the enforcement jurisdiction of DSA in interpreting the requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 118600.
 
Please direct any questions to Ida Clair, principal architect, at (916) 322-2490 or ida.clair@dgs.ca.gov.

Document Update – Revision of In-Plant Inspector Inspection Card/Verified Report Form

Document Update – Revision of In-Plant Inspector Inspection Card/Verified Report Form 

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the revision of an inspector form for enhanced usability. The form DSA 152-IPI: In-Plant Inspector Inspection Card/Verified Report was revised to provide the in-plant inspector the ability to quickly verify (via a check box) that all modules for the corresponding building have been fabricated.
 
This form is completed by the in-plant inspector as construction work of modular or relocatable buildings in a manufacturer’s facility progresses.
 
Please direct questions to Ryan Huxley, supervising structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at ryan.huxley@dgs.ca.gov.

Document Update – Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands

Document Update – Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the following changes to bring documents in-line with the Interpretation of Regulations document on design, fabrication and inspection of bleachers, folding and telescopic seating, and grandstands released last month:

Please refer to IR 16-5.16: Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC for further details about bleacher inspection and testing requirements.

Please direct questions to Ryan Huxley, supervising structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at ryan.huxley@dgs.ca.gov.

Regular Rulemaking: Notice of Public Comment Period on 2016 Intervening Code Cycle Supplement

Regular Rulemaking: Notice of Public Comment Period on 2016 Intervening Code Cycle Supplement

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) submitted proposed actions (code changes) intended for inclusion in the 2016 California Building Standards Code Supplement.  
 
The code changes presented by DSA are on the following items:

  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Mechanical Code (Part 4, Title 24)
  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Plumbing Code (Part 5, Title 24)

All comments must be submitted to the Building Standards Commission no later than 5 p.m., May 1, 2017.
 
For more information and to view the proposed code change, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.

Document Update – IR 16-5.16 Issued: Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC

Document Update – IR 16-5.16 Issued: Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the issuance of Interpretation of Regulations IR 16-5.16:  Design, Fabrication and Inspection of Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating, and Grandstands: 2016 CBC (PDF). The information was revised in its entirety for the 2016 California Building Code.  Highlights of the changes are as follows:

  • Requirements for DSA acceptance of folding and telescopic seating fabricators are revised.
  • Additional information is provided to define the seismic loads used for the design of both outdoor bleachers and indoor folding and telescopic seating. 
  • Wind load requirements for outdoor bleacher stringers and girders are clarified. 
  • The load combinations in International Code Council 300 are supplemented.

Please direct any questions to Diane Gould, supervising structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at diane.gould@dgs.ca.gov.