April 3, 2020, 6:08 p.m.
DES is activated for logistics management and resource coordination by the state Emergency Operations Center. We are redirecting some agency resources to support the response. We appreciate your understanding as regular processes, services and responses to inquiries may be slower than normal.
Many state agencies on campus have restricted access to their buildings. In most cases, the buildings are badge-only access for employees, and have special instructions for the public posted on their front doors - such as to call for an appointment:
DES is deploying additional resources to clean and disinfect public areas on the Capitol Campus, and is increasing the frequency of this work. In addition, DES hired 30 additional on-call staff to assist as needed. DES continues to closely monitor the situation as the response – and guidance – evolves.
Examples of increased cleaning and disinfecting work:
In addition, DES continues daily cleaning and disinfecting of restroom surfaces including sinks, faucets, restroom stalls and toilet paper dispensers.
DES will stay in close consultation with Thurston County Public Health and tenant agencies and continue to make adjustments as needed.
DES is providing provided targeted cleaning and disinfection upon request from Capitol Campus building tenants. Requests for targeted disinfecting should be made to the DES Work Management Center.
DES practices exceed current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidance. The practices also take into account additional information from the CDC.
DES has determined that 108 DES construction projects are essential in accordance with the Governor’s Construction Guidance Proclamation 20-25. Projects deemed non-essential are in the process of temporarily shutting down. Essential projects are directed to comply with health and worker protection safety guidelines. To clarify status or to request inclusion on DES’s essential projects list, contact your DES contract project manager.
View the DES essential construction projects list. (List current as of 4/3/2020 at 4:41 p.m. To be updated every Friday.)
State tenants in DES leased facilities must determine the essential or non-essential nature of their construction projects. The DES Real Estate Services Division requires a signed letter from the tenant agency’s Deputy Director or above stating the designation of the project. DES will communicate the designation with the landlord. For more information, tenant agencies or landlords should contact Regina M. Leccese, Design and Construction Program Manager, 360-407-9345.
The Governor’s Office has provided guidance on construction projects along with information on essential businesses and essential workforce roles. It is up to the contract holder or local jurisdiction to determine if a construction project is essential or non-essential.
Still have questions? To clarify status, or request inclusion on the Governor’s essential businesses list (including construction and public works projects), fill out this form. If you want to report suspected violations of the Governor’s orders regarding essential business functions, evictions, and social distancing, please fill out this form.
It is normal to feel anxious or have stress responses during an outbreak like COVID-19. These reactions can take a toll on you emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. The Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential program available at no charge to state employees and their adult family members.
View materials for coping with stress during an outbreak. Visit www.eap.wa.gov or call 877-313-4455 for additional employee resources.
Beginning March 27, the Fones Road Fleet Operations facility will be temporarily closed in response to the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" emergency order. Despite the closure, Fleet Operations staff are still available to assist you remotely.
For dispatch or daily rentals:
For maintenance vendors:
For general information:
Despite the temporary closure of the Fones Road facility, DES continues to take steps to maintain a clean fleet of daily rental vehicles. DES is taking the following precautions daily:
DES recommends that agencies with permanently assigned vehicles take the following actions:
At this time, Consolidated Mail Services (CMS) is operating as normal. Our staff are considered essential personnel and will continue to provide mail services to your agency.
If your agency needs to make adjustments to its operation, CMS has options for you to continue to send and receive mail critical to your business.
Should your office close:
We are happy to work with you to determine the best option for your agency. If you have questions about your specific business needs, please contact us by email at CMSmail@des.wa.gov.
Note: There is no evidence that people have gotten infected from packages. According to the World Health Organization, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is low. The Centers for Disease Control says there is no evidence to support transmission of the virus through mail or imported goods.
Master contracts that may be helpful in response to COVID-19 include the following:
NOTE: We currently do not have a master contract for janitorial services. However, this list of service providers are registered in WEBS and are service providers who were awarded the previous janitorial services master contract. The list includes vendor names, contact information, location, and county locations they serve. The last column on the spreadsheet identifies former Janitorial Master Contract vendors, should you find this information useful.
The Parking Office will be temporarily closed to walk-in traffic due to the Governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" emergency order.
Visitor parking remains open to the public without restriction. See interactive map for locations.
Monthly fees for employee and agency parking will be charged as usual, even during this time of increased teleworking. Due to system limitations, parking fees are unable to be suspended or prorated.
With many employees teleworking, it may be tempting to park in someone else's assigned building or stall. However, parkers are not permitted to share parking passes or stalls, and should only park where they have authorization to do so (WAC 200-200).
While the physical Parking Office is temporarily closed to serve walk-in traffic due to COVID-19, staff are working from home and are available to answer your questions.
Parking Office webpage
The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products to support our medical system, first responders, public health and care facilities.
If you have PPE to sell, visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help.
DES is working to source and purchase needed items that are identified by the Department of Health.
Currently, we are receiving a high volume of inquiries and offers related to PPE, and are prioritizing response to the inquiries using the following factors:
Submissions that are best-qualified when these criteria are considered are highest priority for response and hear back from us first.
DES is complying with the March 24, 2020 Governor’s Proclamation 20-28 as follows:
DES is subject to the OPMA. Any regular and special meetings will be open to the public. However during the COVID-19 disease outbreak the governor’s proclamation:
DES will continue to respond to public records requests. However during the COVID-19 disease outbreak the governor’s proclamation:
If you have questions about the OPMA or Public Records Requests, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency purchases due to the COVID-19 outbreak are excepted from competitive solicitation laws and policies until April 30, 2020.
Agencies making purchases related to COVID-19 must prepare a log of their purchases using the Coronavirus Special Market Conditions Purchase Template. You only need to fill out (and submit) the template if you are purchasing items that would normally require competition.
Employees should check with their agency's leadership to determine if there are additional tracking requirements for costs related to the COVID-19 response.
Due to Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, Surplus Operations is closed at this time. We will be closed thru at least May 4, 2020.
We understand that you may have traveled from another state in order to pick up your auction item unaware of Governor Inslee's proclamation. If that is the case, please call (360) 890-6622 and we may be able to assist you. We appreciate your understanding in this challenging time.
The online auction remains open. Bulk distribution, transportation and federal surplus services will also continue.
The following Capitol Campus activities have been suspended until further notice:
The following events have been postponed until further notice:
Many other activities and events, including meetings, are being cancelled and postponed due to directives from Governor Jay Inslee including the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" emergency order and social distancing recommendations. If you’re unsure if your event is moving forward as scheduled, please contact the organizer directly.
All Department of Enterprise in-person trainings at all locations are postponed until further notice. Your agency will not be charged for in-person training cancellations related to COVID-19 concerns. Please refer to the Online Learning Resources for Workforce Development for remote learning opportunities. Please send any questions to email@example.com. Thank you.