Technology Letter 22-01

March 2022

SUBJECT:

Procurement Guidance for Executive Order N-6-22

REFERENCES:

Executive Order N-6-22
Executive Order 14065

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BACKGROUND:

California joins the United States and other nations, states, and localities in condemning Russia’s attacks on Ukraine. On March 4, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-6-22 (EO)(PDF) regarding sanctions against Russia and Russian entities and individuals. The EO directs all agencies and departments that are subject to the Governor’s authority to take certain steps to ensure they are in compliance with the economic sanctions imposed under state law. Constitutional and independent state entities are encouraged to take these steps as well.

On March 16, a Joint Memo between the California Department of Technology (CDT) and the Department of General Services (DGS) was released, which provides an overview of the EO and preliminary guidance to assist State agencies and departments with compliance.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this Technology Letter (TL) is to announce:

Agencies should carefully review the EO and the Memo in detail to gain familiarity with the requirements and promptly begin compliance efforts. Agency compliance with the EO’s notification requirement described in the Memo must be completed 45 days after the EO’s issuance—i.e., by April 18, 2022.

    • Agencies should keep written records for each contract demonstrating compliance efforts undertaken in accordance with the EO.
    • Agencies should involve their legal counsel in compliance efforts and decisions.
    • The guidance in this Memo is limited to compliance with EO Paragraphs #1, #2 and #3.
    • DGS and the CDT will issue further guidance about compliance with EO Paragraphs #4, #5, and #6 in the future.

The Joint Memo, Executive Order N-6-22, and other helpful information can be found on the DGS Legal Website: Department of General Services – Office of Legal Services: Ukraine-Russia related Sanction

QUESTIONS:

Questions regarding this Technology Letter should be directed to the Statewide Technology Procurements (STP) at TechnologyProcurements@state.ca.gov.

SIGNATURE:

On file
Russ Nichols, Director
California Department of Technology