DCAS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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1. What is DCAS?

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) ensures that City agencies have the critical resources and support needed to provide the best possible services to the public.

Specifically, the agency:

  • supports City agencies' workforce needs in recruiting, hiring, and training City employees;
  • provides overall facilities management for 55 public buildings;
  • purchases, sells, and leases real property;
  • purchases, inspects, and distributes supplies and equipment;
  • establishes, audits, and pays utility accounts that serve more than 4,000 buildings;
  • implements energy conservation programs throughout City facilities.

2. How is DCAS organized?

DCAS provides central administrative services to City agencies through its main Lines of Service:

  • Administration
  • Diversity and EEO
  • Energy Management
  • External Affairs
  • Fiscal and Business Management
  • Facilities Management
  • General Counsel
  • Human Capital
  • Information Technology
  • New York City Fleet
  • Procurement
  • Real Estate Services

3. What services does DCAS provide to the public?

In addition to providing services to other City agencies, DCAS also provides direct public services. Some of the services DCAS provides include:

4. What is the history of DCAS?

Established in 1996 by the merger of the former Departments of General Services and Personnel, DCAS was created as part of an initiative to streamline government and make it more responsive.

5. How many employees does DCAS have?

DCAS is made up of over 2,000 diverse and talented professionals. They include architects, engineers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, lawyers, mechanics, procurement specialists, information technology specialists, custodians, security officers, and managers, all dedicated to making government work for the people of the City of New York.

6. Where is DCAS located?

DCAS is headquartered in the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, located at 1 Centre Street in Manhattan, directly across the street from City Hall. In addition, DCAS has offices in several locations throughout New York City and Computer-based Testing & Applications Centers at 2 Lafayette Street in Manhattan; 210 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn; 135 Canal Street in Staten Island, and 118-35 Queens Boulevard in Queens.

7. How do I get a job with the City?

To find out about upcoming Civil Service exams, visit the Exams page or call 212-669-1357. DCAS also coordinates internships and fellowships. For citywide jobs information you can also visit the NYC jobs page

8. How do I receive invitations to bid on goods?

Contact DCAS' Office of Vendor Relations

DCAS Office of Vendor Relations
1 Centre Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 468-0044
Email the Office of Vendor Relations