Frequently Asked Questions

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 50 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.

How is DCAS organized?
DCAS provides central administrative services to all City agencies through its main Lines of Services:

  • Administration
  • Asset Management
  • Citywide Procurement
  • Communications
  • Diversity and EEO
  • Energy Management
  • Fiscal and Business Management
  • General Counsel
  • Human Capital
  • Information Technology
  • New York City Fleet

For more information about DCAS Lines of Service and to find out about DCAS' other functions, visit the Lines of Service page.

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:

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.

How many employees does DCAS have?
DCAS is made up of nearly 1700 diverse and talented professionals. They include architects, engineers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, lawyers, mechanics, procurement specialists, information technology specialists, custodians and managers, all dedicated to making government work for the people of the City of New York.

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, including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2 Washington Street in Lower Manhattan and testing centers at 2 Lafayette Street in Manhattan and 210 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn. DCAS employees work in every public office building in New York City.

How do I get a job with the City?
To find out about upcoming civil service exams, call (212)-669-1357 or regularly check the exams page on this Web site. DCAS also coordinates internships and fellowships such as the Urban Fellows Program and the Government Scholars Program. For more information, check out the City Internships and Fellowships page.

How do I receive invitations to bid on goods?
Contact DCAS' Office of Vendor Relations at (212)-386-0044, or write to:
DCAS Office of Vendor Relations
1 Centre Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10007