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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Response rate for OPM survey down over last four years

Response rates to the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey have dropped by nearly six percentage points over the last four years. In 2010, nearly 53 percent of federal workers responded to the questionnaire. But, by 2014, that number dropped to about 47 percent, the Office of Personnel Management survey shows.

Tangherlini: Shifting away from waterfall will take time

Federal agencies and departments work in an environment that supports a waterfall acquisition process, said General Services Administrator Dan Tangherlini, making a shift to "agile" extremely difficult.

Wind energy contract puts GSA on track for conservation goals

The awarding of the largest wind energy contract to a single source in federal contracting history has pushed the General Services Administration on track to meet renewable-energy goals. The 10-year contract for 140 megawatts of clean wind energy went to MG2 Tribal Energy, a joint venture between the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and Geronimo Energy, a commercial wind developer.

GSA eases search integration with Instagram, Fed Reg for gov't web managers

With a little help from the General Services Administration's digital search program, federal web managers can now expand search results on their agency and department sites to include results from their Instagram accounts and relevant  Federal Register  notices.   

GSA: Small businesses benefitting from reverse auctions

Taxpayers and small businesses are benefitting from the ReverseAuctions program, the General Services Administration said. In fiscal 2014, 85 percent of auctions awarded through the initiative went to small businesses even though 60 percent was set aside for them, and overall, reverse auctions generated 23 percent savings off standard contract price, an Oct. 21 blog post says.

GSA: Laptop theft isn't a problem

After an inspector general report criticized the General Services Administration's open office plan as susceptible to theft, the GSA says stolen property isn't a problem. In calendar year 2014 there were only five laptops that have gone missing at the entire GSA either through theft or loss, GSA Spokeswoman Jackeline Stewart says.

With few exceptions, NASA largely complying with premium travel policies, IG finds

Except for a handful of instances, an internal audit has found that most NASA first- and business-class travel was properly authorized and complied with federal government policy. Still, the inspector general said the agency can improve compliance with travel policy and the accuracy of travel reports submitted to the General Services Administration.

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.