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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Proposed rule would ban electronic waste disposal for federal agencies

Monitors, computers, smart phones and other electronics would need to be sold, donated offered to other agencies or recycled through a certified electronic waste recycler, the proposed rule says. Office electronics are made with rare and precious metals, plastic and glass, all of which can be recycled.

GSA touts mobility expense management solutions

As part of its mobile device expense management  program, the General Services Administration recently launched a guide for agencies and list of companies offering expense management products.

FedRAMP program office releases transition plan to new controls baseline

Private sector cloud providers with a FedRAMP provisional authorization making them eligible to sell services to federal agencies will have about a year to implement the new minimum set of security controls.

GSA divvies up $67M for 19 renovation projects

The General Services Administration has identified 19 renovation projects with a price tag of $67.4 million the agency says will lead to long term savings. The renovations, which include the creation of  open work spaces, will allow agencies to rent 507,000 fewer square feet of space, saving them $17 million per year, GSA  says.

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.