The General Services Administration, or GSA, is an independent agency established in 1949 and is responsible for managing and supporting the government's offices and employees.
The GSA Schedules program works to establish long-term contracts between the government and commercials businesses intended to provide access to products and services at discount prices. The Federal Acquisition Service is one of two national services offices in the GSA (the other is the Public Buildings Service). It is responsible for offering comprehensive solutions in the areas of product and service delivery, technology, travel, online acquisition programs and motor vehicle services.
E-tools offered by GSA include the GSAAdvantage!® online shopping and ordering system; the GSA eLibrary, which contains documents such as the GSA schedules and technology contracts; and eBuy, which contains an online Request for Quotation tool.
Other offices in the GSA include the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, and the Office of Small Business Utilization.

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GSA IG: Open employee workspaces vulnerable to theft

The open floor plans in the General Services Administration's headquarters make employees' work spaces vulnerable to theft, the agency's inspector general says in an Oct. 16 report.

White House directs agencies in consumer identity, financial protections

Federal departments and agencies were instructed to adopt the use of security-enhanced cards, such as those that use chip-and PIN technology "as soon as possible" in an Oct. 17 executive order signed by President Obama. Chip-and-PIN technology – which uses an embedded chip in credit, debit and other payment cards, in lieu of a magnetic strip, and a personal identification number – has greatly reduced financial fraud and identity theft in Europe.

GSA takes up car sharing initiative

The General Services Administration will utilize a car sharing service that the agency says will save money and be more energy efficient, an Oct. 2 GSA statement says. Enterprise CarShare, ZipCar, Hertz and Carpingo will all participate in the GSA initiative and provide car-sharing services as a transportation option for federal employees who currently use government vehicles, the statement says. Vehicles will be provided to those employees on an hourly basis, but for no longer than one day.

Cannon: Indictment of GSA senior exec highly unusual

Senior executives rarely face criminal charges for fraudulent travel expenses like the ones a former General Services Administration official was indicted on last Thursday, a former Air Force deputy general counsel said. Normally an agency will quietly ask the executive to pay back what it owes the government, but the DOJ won't use its resources to pursue criminal charges, said Cheri Cannon, who worked as the Air Forces' deputy general counsel for fiscal, ethics and administrative law until January.

GSA hypes APIs, social media as means to publishing content

Forget traditional websites. To get content out there, agencies need to use new tools, argues the General Services Administration in a DigitalGov blog post, to change how government publishes information-- away from desktop ".gov" websites where traffic is declining, and toward mobile applications, social media and search engines.

Federal agencies still investing too much on legacy systems rather than cloud computing, GAO says

Seven federal agencies have collectively ramped up the number of cloud services and investments in such efforts since 2012, but congressional investigators said the agencies are still only investing a tiny fraction of their IT budgets on such initiatives

GSA executive indicted in conference spending scandal

A former General Services Administration official at the center of the agency's Las Vegas conference spending scandal was indicted Thursday on charges that he submitted fraudulent reimbursement claims and made false statements, the Justice Department said in a Sept. 25 statement.

New DHS HQ faces more problems if plans, cost estimates not updated, says GAO official

Already more than $1 billion over budget and a dozen years behind schedule, the Homeland Security Department's planned consolidated headquarters could face more such problems if current estimates and plans aren't revised, a Government Accountability Office investigator said.

GSA focuses on environment with Green Proving Ground, FBI consolidation plans

Two recent announcements from the General Services Administration demonstrate how federal building management is increasingly focused on environmental innovation and emerging technologies, as well as environmental risk management.

Report: IGs want more freedom and fewer congressional mandates

Congressionally mandated investigations like those concerning conference spending are burdening agency inspectors general, preventing them from diving into in-depth work that focuses on more nefarious behavior, says a Sept. 15 report by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company.