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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GSA launches new iteration of Acquisition.gov, promises more user-friendly experience

The General Services Administration has launched its new iteration of the Acquisition.gov website that it says will be a more comprehensive, user-friendly website for contracting officers. "Web designers will tell you that it's important for a website to look like someone lives there, that it's not a smattering of links and pages that look as if no one is home," says an April 13 GSA statement.

GSA seeks solar power provider to help supply renewable energy in combined procurement

The General Services Administration is looking for an experienced solar power provider to help the agency reach its sustainability goal of using at least 30 percent renewable energy to run operations by 2025.

CIO Council releases searchable library of public laws, executive orders and OMB documents

The CIO Council recently released a searchable database of public laws, executive orders, memos and other documents from the White House budget office in what it's calling an IT Policy Library.

GSA official at center of conference spending scandal pleads guilty to false claims

The man at the center of the General Service's Administration's Las Vegas conference spending scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false claim to the federal government. Jeffrey Neely, the former GSA acting regional administrator, admitted to submitting a claim for reimbursement for a claim for lodging expenses at a Las Vegas-area casino, which he knew was not incurred for official business, says an emailed statement from the GSA inspector general.

New order tasks agencies with cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade

A new executive order seeks to have agencies cut their greenhouse gas emissions to an extent that could save the government billions of dollars, says a March 19 statement from Acting General Services Administration head Denise Turner Roth.

GSA seeking information about commercial services to manage dot-gov registration services

The General Services Administration is seeking information about commercial services that can provide top-level domain name registration services through a secure "DOTGOV.gov" website.

Army signs on to use GSA's OASIS contracting vehicle for professional services

The Army has signed on to use the General Service Administration's governmentwide blanket contract for professional services, called OASIS, says a March 16 GSA statement.

Report: GSA didn't always follow best practices when managing federal court renovations

The General Services Administration didn't properly follow its own best practices for managing large scale projects during some of its renovations to federal courthouses, says a recently released Government Accountability Office report.

Court rules GSA Schedules subject to commercial items regulation

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that purchases made using the General Services Administration Schedules must still follow regulations for commercial items under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

GSA proposes overhaul to Multiple Award Schedules

Under a proposed General Services Administration rule, the multiple awards schedule would get an overhaul to address recommendations by the 2010 Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Panel.