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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Spotlight: Agencies plan move to new World Trade Center

GSA's regional headquarters plans to move there, as do an Army Corps of Engineers district office and a Customs and Border Protection field office.

New GSA sourcing plan to include businesses without Multiple Award Schedule

The General Services Administration plans to reduce costs of agency office supply purchasing by including businesses that don't have a GSA Multiple Award Schedule, among other changes to its current strategic sourcing plan, a Dec. 2 GSA statement says.

GAO casts doubt on reported real estate savings

Federal agencies reported $3.8 billion in cost savings related to real property in recent years, but their decisions about what counted as savings were inconsistent and sometimes dubious, the Government Accountability Office says.

DoD and GSA overstated use of consolidated contracts, GAO says

The Defense Department and General Services Administration overstated their use of consolidated contracts because they weren't properly reported to the Federal Procurement Data System, a Nov. 26 Government Accountability report says. In a consolidated contract consolidation, an agency combines two or more contract requirements that were previously under separate contracts.

Spotlight: GSA issues RFQ for strategically sourced Microsoft software

The General Services Administration released a request for quotation (.docx) for its SmartBUY Large Publisher program, which the agency says will allow the government to save 15-20 percent off of commercial prices for Microsoft software.

Friction emerges over GSA plan to swap Federal Triangle South

A plan to exchange federal buildings for new facilities without direct approval from Congress drew resistance from a key lawmaker Nov. 19. The General Services Administration has proposed exchanging five outdated federal buildings collectively known as Federal Triangle South in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.

GSA seeks 50 acres near Metro, Beltway for FBI headquarters

The new FBI headquarters will require about 50 acres of land in close proximity to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway, the General Services Administration says.

Followers don't equal engagement with federal tweets

A Twitter account's number of followers does not tend to correlate strongly with the degree of public engagement, said Jed Sundwall, a consultant who helped develop the federal social media registry and the USA.gov social media presence.

FITARA would cost $145M over 5 years, says CBO

Implementing the federal information technology reform bill proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) would cost $145 million over five years, estimates the Congressional Budget Office.

GSA to try out car-sharing services

The General Services Administration plans to experiment with car-sharing services as it considers whether the model suits the government's needs. In a request for information issued Nov. 5, GSA says that car-sharing may be more cost-effective than renting, leasing or purchasing when agencies only need vehicles intermittently.