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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DOJ alleges Symantec submitted false claims on software contract

The Justice Department said July 22 that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Symantec Corp., alleging the company "knowingly" submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract that involved hundreds of millions of dollars.

GSA launches maintenance supplies BPA

The General Services Administration launched a program to make it cheaper for agencies to purchase maintenance, repairs and operations products, a July 17 GSA statement says. GSA issued the notice to proceed on its MRO strategic sourcing Blanket Purchase Agreement, which the agency says will save agencies money on commonly purchased maintenance products such as hardware, tools, paints, adhesives and sealants, the statement says.

House passes bill slashing IRS budget, but allowing Obama to implement federal pay raise

The House passed a fiscal 2015 appropriations bill Wednesday that slashes funding for the Internal Revenue Service, but opens the way for President Obama to implement a pay bump for federal workers.

GSA's innovation team announces new API standards

The General Services Administration's team of innovators known as 18F has released its first version of recommendations and guidelines for API production.

New federal toolkit aims to help agencies better measure, analyze social media programs

Federal agencies that want to measure how well their social media programs are working or identify areas that need updating can tap into a new analytics toolkit developed by a government working group.

New federal toolkit seeks to improve social media content for people with disabilities

A new federal toolkit aims to help agencies assess their social media programs for people with disabilities and identify areas that can be improved.

Federal agencies get some help developing their social media policies through a new toolkit

A federal working group recently launched a new toolkit to help agencies assess their social media policies, find areas that need updating and view recent examples of sample text.

GSA asks contactors for input on new HR contracting vehicle

The General Services Administration wants industry input before creating its contract to provide human resources training to agencies, a June 16 GSA blog post says. "The information provided will be utilized for preliminary planning purposes by the government to facilitate the decision making process and will not be disclosed outside of Government," the blog post says.

Updated: GSA played favorites and mismanaged Reagan Building contract

The contractor who runs the federal government-owned Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was selected through favoritism and subsequently mismanaged the building, a June 17 General Services Administration inspector general report says.

GSA decides not to extend OS2

The General Services Administration won't extend the second iteration of the Office Supplies strategic sourcing initiative even though the third version isn't off the ground yet. The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Second Generation Office Supplies blanket purchase agreements were set to expire on May 31.