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GSA at 60 Timeline

Logo created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of GSA. Established on June 30, 1949 under the Truman Administration, GSA’s original mission was to dispose of war surplus goods, manage and store government records, handle emergency preparedness, and stockpile strategic supplies for wartime. GSA also regulated the sale of various office supplies to federal agencies...

Photo showing the Federal Property Administration Services Act of 1949.
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Photo showing President Harry Truman with GSA’s first Administrator, Jess Larson.

President Harry Truman with GSA’s first Administrator, Jess Larson

 

Photo showing GSA’s Central Office building, Washington, D.C.

GSA’s Central Office building, Washington, D.C.

 

Photo showing a fireman in a forest fire providing emergency response and recovery.

Emergency Response and Recovery

 

Photo showing a GSA Fleet vehicle.

GSA Fleet vehicle

1950s and 1960s

  • GSA took on the major task of renovating the White House.
  • GSA starts the first federal government motor pool.
  • GSA created the Federal Telecommunications System, a government-wide inter-city telephone system.
  • GSA constructed many of the office buildings that now line Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on Federal Office Space for a new building program to address obsolete office buildings.

1970s and 1980s

  • The Federal Buildings Fund became operational when GSA issued its first rent bills to federal agencies.
  • GSA introduced the federal government to the charge card, now used by over two million government employees today.
  • The first GSA child care center opens. The program has grown to 112 centers for more than 8,000 children nationwide.

1990s and beyond

  • GSA formed the Courthouse Management Group to manage the largest courthouse construction projects in 50 years, resulting in the renovation of federal courthouses across the country.
  • GSA launched FirstGov.gov. Now called USA.gov or GobiernoUSA.gov it provides citizens access to more than 180 million pages of online federal, state, local and tribal government information.
  • Established the Office of Emergency Response and Recovery to better assist the country during national disasters.
  • The Federal Acquisition Service is created with the merger of the Federal Technology Service and Federal Supply Service.
  • As GSA enters the 2010s, GSA is managing its Recovery Act funding and continuing to serve the American taxpayer.

Photo showing the East lobby staircase in GSA’s Central Office building.

East lobby staircase in GSA’s Central Office building

 

Photo showing a model of the new Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Model of the new Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse, Tuscaloosa, AL

 

Photo showing the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Building, Chicago, IL.

Everett M. Dirksen Federal Building, Chicago, IL

 

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