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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DoD memo shows acquisition officers need more training

Acquisition experts see a March 13 Defense Department memo directing its contracting officers to seek prices lower than the general schedule as redundant and as a sign that contracting officers aren't getting the training they need. The Federal Acquisition Regulation already says that contracting officers shall seek a price reduction when the order exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000.

GSA plans new online purchasing information repository

The General Services Administration will create an online repository containing data on much agencies have paid for particular goods and services, an April 9 GSA blog post says. The GSA will develop the Common Acquisition Platform – an online platform to guide agencies through the total acquisition process, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service head Tom Sharpe said in the blog post.

The end of Networx is coming; GSA releases RFI for successor contract

The General Services Administration took its first public step in starting up a contract vehicle for governmentwide telecommunications services to replace Networx, its current vehicle that's scheduled to expire in spring of 2017.

Agencies see 24% wireless cost savings when using BPA, says GSA

The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.

GSA proposal for budget power meets skeptical appropriator

The chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the General Services Administration said Tuesday he was skeptical of the agency's request for authority to reinvest the rent it collects back into building repairs. GSA asked for that power, called zero net budget authority, in  its fiscal 2015 budget proposal. Currently, when GSA collects rent payments, congressional appropriators decide whether or not to reinvest it in public buildings.

New FedRAMP controls baseline coming this summer

Private sector cloud computing providers will have a changed set of security controls to adhere to when selling to federal agencies starting later this summer.

SBA says GSA failed to assess negative impact of OS3 on small businesses

The General Services Administration failed to assess the negative impact that the Office Supplies 3 strategic sourcing contract would have on small businesses, an April 3 Small Business Administration analysis says.

GSA wants to trade two southwest D.C. buildings for renovations of federal facilities

The General Services Administration wants to trade two buildings in a section of Washington, D.C. dominated by aging federal structures to developers in exchange for renovation work in its headquarters and buildings at the St. Elizabeths campus.

Audio: Dan Tangherlini on Federal Triangle South development request for qualifications

Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Monday a request for qualifications to consolidate GSA regional offices into GSA headquarters.

IRS wasted $11M on unused software licenses

Unused mainframe software licenses cost the Internal Revenue Service more than $11 million, a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says.  Mismanagement of its software also led the IRS to overuse other mainframe software licenses, for which it owes an estimated $1.5 million, the  report  says.