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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Denied bid protests don't guarantee smooth sailing for OS3

The Government Accountability Office recently denied bid protests for the Office Supplies 3 strategic sourcing contract, but that doesn't mean its clearing sailing for the General Services Administration.

Deadline for FedRAMP compliance with cloud services arrives

After two years of planning, agencies are now required to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for cloud services designated as low or moderate security risk under the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA. 

GSA will use industry-created technology to monitor energy savings

The General Services Administration plans to use industry-created, open source technology to save energy and reduce costs governmentwide. In the private sector, Green Button allows commercial and residential users to download their energy usage and offers tools for saving money on electricity costs. It serves nearly 100 million people.

Pathways, Presidential Management Fellows programs overly broad, say officials

The premier federal hiring programs endorsed by the Office of Personnel Management are not as beneficial to agencies as they could be, said panelists speaking at a June 3 event in Washington, D.C.

NS2020 will provide more options, empower agencies, say GSA officials

Network Services 2020, the General Services Administration's mega telecommunications contract that will replace Networx, will span everything from advisory services, to satellite, with enough flexibility for eventually include emerging technology like mobile-to-mobile solutions, say GSA officials.

DHS appropriations bill advances in House

The fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Department appropriations bill advanced May 28 as the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security approved it by a voice vote.

Paper cutouts central to USA.gov redesign

For the team redesigning the USA.gov homepage for mobile devices, creating a prototype using pieces of paper and manila folders wasn't just a cheap way to test out the changes.

GSA issues OASIS awards to 74 companies

The General Services Administration handed out long awaited awards to 74 companies under its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracting vehicle. OASIS functions as professional services sister vehicle to Alliant, which handles IT solutions in a similar way. The contract vehicle offers agencies a governmentwide contract that streamlines the acquisition of complex professional services, GSA said in a May 19 statement.

DOL could go it alone with acquisition platform

The Labor Department is interested in a dashboard that could provide access to regular acquisition news updates, and access to Government Accountability Office and other legal decisions, it  writes  in a May 12 request for information posted to Federal Business Opportunities.

GSA, NHTSA team up to test new federal fleet safety technology

Two federal agencies are teaming up to test new safety technology on federal vehicles and incorporate what they find into the governmentwide fleet. The General Services Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are set to being evaluating safety devices on the entire federally leased fleet as well as create a pilot program to research new safety technology, a May 13 GSA statement says.