The State Purchasing and General Services Commission was established in 1979 and replaced the Board of Control. A three-member board, appointed by the governor for six-year terms, heads the agency. Its functions include administering a purchasing system for state agencies; furnishing repair, maintenance, and security services for the Capitol complex; running a centralized telephone system; and operating lease and rental space for state agencies and acquiring property to construct state office buildings in the Capitol complex. Eight divisions within the commission oversee the various administrative and fiscal operations supplied by the agency. The Building and Property Services Division provides maintenance, repair, and other services to state buildings and other facilities, including the State Cemetery. The Central Purchasing Division serves more than 250 state agencies and handles purchases for school districts participating in the Foundation School Program, issues invitations for bids, maintains a comprehensive list of bidders, and administers a program for the sale of state-owned salvage and surplus personal property.
The Centralized Services Division provides mail, messenger, and business-machine-repair services to agencies in the Austin area. It also operates a central supply store. The Telecommunications Services Division manages a centralized telephone system for state agencies, including teleconferencing and long distance. The Executive Administration Division provides legal services and independent audit reviews of other operations within the commission, while the Fiscal Management Division processes all financial activities. A Travel and Transportation Division furnishes travel and vehicle fleet services for state employees. Property acquisition and state building construction is handled by the Facility Construction and Space Management Division. In addition, the commission provides Capitol Security for state buildings to aid in traffic control and other matters. In 1991 more than 800 employees worked for the State Purchasing and General Services Commission. Its budget exceeded $57 million.