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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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.

SBA says GSA failed to assess negative impact of OS3 on small businesses

The General Services Administration failed to assess the negative impact that the Office Supplies 3 strategic sourcing contract would have on small businesses, an April 3 Small Business Administration analysis says.

GSA wants to trade two southwest D.C. buildings for renovations of federal facilities

The General Services Administration wants to trade two buildings in a section of Washington, D.C. dominated by aging federal structures to developers in exchange for renovation work in its headquarters and buildings at the St. Elizabeths campus.

Audio: Dan Tangherlini on Federal Triangle South development request for qualifications

Dan Tangherlini, the head of the General Services Administration, spoke with reporters Monday a request for qualifications to consolidate GSA regional offices into GSA headquarters.

IRS wasted $11M on unused software licenses

Unused mainframe software licenses cost the Internal Revenue Service more than $11 million, a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration says.  Mismanagement of its software also led the IRS to overuse other mainframe software licenses, for which it owes an estimated $1.5 million, the  report  says.

TPI calls for new agency to lease spectrum

The Technology Police Institute called for the creation of an agency that would lease spectrum to government agencies the same way that the General Services Administration handles real estate.

Information technology price transparency could come at cost

Total governmentwide transparency on pricing for information technology products could have unintended consequences, said a senior acquisition official.

New cybersecurity requirements in federal acquisition system will take years to implement, says GSA official

The federal government plans to start in about a year the long process of directly modifying acquisition regulations in order to implement recommendations from a joint Defense Department and General Services Administration cybersecurity task force, a federal official said.

Major departments seek continuous monitoring acquisition independence from DHS

Some federal agencies are choosing to buy continuous monitoring tools independently of the Homeland Security Department-set schedule for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program despite forfeiting DHS procurement money for those tools.

New flexibility for federal construction standards

The federal government's standards for its new construction projects now simply require outcomes instead of dictating the means to achieve them.