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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FedRAMP releases draft for higher security cloud computing authorization, seeks public input

The federal government Jan. 27 released a long-awaited draft document that establishes a high baseline of security controls for cloud computing service providers, allowing them to host some of the federal government's most sensitive information.

GSA shares how-to guide for agencies responding to cyber vandalism on social media

In light of the Jan. 12 hack of U.S. Central Command's social media accounts, the General Services Administration has issued guidance to agencies for responding to "cyber-hijacking."

GSA doesn't know how many employees telework, says IG

The General Services Administration doesn't know how many virtual employees it has and many telework arrangements are not fully approved, according to the GSA Office of Inspector General.

GSA begins to roll out SmartPay payment system

The General Services Administration began rolling out its new governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Jan. 21 GSA statement. GSA will begin issuing Chip & PIN-enabled charge cards in sometime January, the statement says, and comes as a result of an Oct. 17, 2014 executive order meant to improve the security of consumer financial transactions.

Tangherlini stepping down next month as GSA administrator; Roth becomes acting head

The General Services Administration announced Jan. 15 that GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini will leave the agency next month. His last day is Feb. 13, but GSA didn't give a reason why he's leaving or where he's going next.

GSA touts increase in SATCOM contracts, savings

Federal agencies are utilizing more commercial satellite communication services and turning to a joint General Services Administration-Defense Department contract vehicle to help them acquire solutions, according to a Jan. 9 post to the General Services Administration blog.

GAO: Feds have done little to address potential cyber threats to federal facilities

Congressional investigators say the Homeland Security Department and other agencies have taken few steps to address potential cyber threats to building and access control systems within federal offices, labs and warehouses.

GSA increases mileage rates for feds using own vehicles

The General Services Administration set new reimbursement rates for mileage in 2015, including an increase in the amount feds get back for using their own vehicles, GSA says on its website. New rates began Jan. 1, GSA says, with the rate for privately-owned vehicles increasing from $0.56 per mile in 2014 to $0.575 per mile in 2015. Those rates apply only when a government vehicle is not available.

GSA aims to shorten software acquisition cycle with Agile Delivery Services BPA

The General Services Administration is seeking feedback from industry and government stakeholders on a proposed blanket purchase agreement that would feature vendors who specialize in Agile Delivery Services, or the development of software through a faster, more interactive acquisition process.

GSA: Agencies should use crowdsourcing to help make websites accessible to disabled

With limited staff and constrained budgets, federal agencies are having a harder time making their websites and social media presence accessible to people with disabilities, but crowdsourcing can help, a recent General Services Administration's DigitalGov blog post says.