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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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.

Structured content, metadata makes federal content reusable, say web managers

Federal web managers are encouraging their agency peers to better define the chunks of information that feed their online and mobile content. "This information-centric approach is to enable interoperability," said Logan Powell, public affairs specialist at the Census Bureau.

For protection against the next Heartbleed, look no further than FedRAMP

Depending on where you stand, FedRAMP is a lot of things – a cloud certification process, a vetting tool for acquisition, but for agencies it could be a dependable line of defense against the next Heartbleed-like vulnerability.

Cobert: Innovation must work across government and meet private sector standard

Federal innovation must reach beyond individual agencies and work governmentwide, said Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert. "Despite what one normally reads, there are large numbers of people who are using innovative thinking to drive measureable impacts for their agencies," Cobert said at the May 12 Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.