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 plans to overhaul Multiple Award Schedules program

The General Services Administration is planning to make changes to the Multiple Award Schedules program after talks with stakeholders, a Dec. 15 GSA blog post says.

GSA seeks development proposals for new FBI building

The General Services Administration is seeking proposals from developers for the first phase of the new FBI building, a Dec. 22 GSA statement says. GSA is looking for developers who can develop a new FBI facility of up to 2.1 million square feet in exchange for the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the statement says.

Independent audit: GSA largely complying with FISMA, but must still address several shortfalls

Maryland-based Brown & Company CPAs conducted the audit on behalf of the agency's inspector general to determine GSA's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA, which provides baseline security standards that all federal departments and agencies must follow.

'Cromnibus' funds civilian cyber campus

The Defense Department has Ft. Meade in Maryland for it's National Security Agency and U.S. Cybercommand, and soon the civilian side of the federal government will have its own cyber headquarters as well, thanks to an appropriation included in the spending bill President Obama signed into law Dec. 16.

FedRAMP milestone update: CSPs compliant with new NIST controls and 'high' security baseline coming

The General Services Administration provided an update on how the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is meeting milestones and laid out new deadlines as part of a Dec. 16 press briefing and the release of the program's roadmap. 

GSA wants agencies to have a greater hand in FedRAMP, outlines 2-year strategy

"There's been some confusion that FedRAMP is GSA, and FedRAMP is the JAB, but really FedRAMP is a program that is governmentwide in nature and has stakeholders across the government," said FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich. A new plan aims to refocus the program on agency stakeholders and further spread the responsibility for authorizing cloud services.

Agencies not always leveraging FedRAMP correctly in cloud contract language, say GSA officials

Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.

GSA wants to assess IT supply chain risk management governmentwide

The General Services Administration wants to know how it can provide better due diligence for acquisitions involving government information technology. It's working with customer agencies to establish a common set of indicators that could be used to for a supply chain risk assessment.

GSA advises federal agencies on how to release more datasets to the public

The General Services Administration, which oversees and manages the federal government's open data hub, has released a document to help more agencies publish their datasets to the platform for public use. Because the platform called  Data.gov  doesn't actually host the data, but instead aggregates metadata about open data assets in one place, the metadata is only as good as agencies' data,  writes  the agency in a DigitalGov blog post Dec. 10.

GSA seeks industry input on latest iteration of governmentwide payment system

The General Services Administration is seeking industry feedback on best practices for its governmentwide commercial payment system, says a Dec. 10 GSA statement. The request for information is meant help the agency develop GSA SmartPay 3, a new iteration of the governmentwide payment and charge card program, the statement says.