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 launches portal for quick IT purchases

The General Services Administration has launched a program that the agency says will make it easier for the government to buy pre-competed IT products.

How a modular approach can future-proof digital content

Modularity is a web design concept that has benefits far beyond the desktop world, according to a recent post from the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team.

DigitalGov team maps user experience to improve USA.gov

USAjobs.gov hasn't been the easiest recruiting website to navigate, so the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team mapped out use cases to better understand customer experiences and identify areas for improvement.

GSA sets new per diem rate at $140 based on lodging industry data

Most feds will have $140 to spend each day on food, lodging and incidental expenses for fiscal 2016, according to an Aug. 14 General Services Administration statement.

Presidental Innovation Fellows to become permanent program under GSA

President Obama signed an executive order that permanently establishes the Presidential Innovation Fellows program and requires that it be housed under the General Services Administration.

OPM kicks off category management program with RFP for fed employee training and services

With federal procurement moving toward a category management system, the Office of Personnel Management will be in charge of the category related to human capital. As a first step, OPM is looking for contractors to provide employee training and development solutions governmentwide.

Category management is the future of government procurement, Sharpe says

The General Services Administration is betting the house on category management as a way to fix federal procurement, and Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe is the initiative's biggest cheerleader.

GSA says new travel contracts will save government more than $2B

The General Services Administration says agencies and departments will avoid high travel costs through a program that aims to reduce airfare for federal employees.

GAO: Agencies should be seeking deeper discounts on FSS contracts

Agencies aren't consistently seeking discounts when procuring goods and services off the Federal Supply Schedules, says a Government Accountability Office report released Aug. 10.

New GSA tool aims to expedite approvals of purchase card requests

The General Service Administration's digital innovation team 18F and its Public Buildings Service are collaborating on a new tool to help federal purchase cardholders buy what they need quicker and more efficiently.