6.7 Connections for the Public and Agencies to GSA Information
Recovery Act. For Federal contractors and businesses interested in providing goods and services to the government, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers many opportunities. GSA helps government agencies receiving funds as part of the Recovery Act by offering an array of innovative products, services, and buildings and real estate solutions so agencies can use Recovery funds more effectively. Visit GSA Recovery Act Solutions to learn more about how we can help Federal agencies doing Recovery Act business. We also assist customers doing Recovery Act business with GSA. For example, our FedBizOpps.gov provides a comprehensive database of all major government solicitations, contract awards, subcontracting opportunities, surplus property sales and foreign business opportunities with the Federal Government. Visit GSA Recovery Act to learn more about how businesses can participate.
Communications Concerning Recovery Act Funds
On March 20, 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum for heads of executive departments and agencies titled "Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds." In compliance with the memo and the updated guidance, all communications with Federally registered lobbyists concerning Recovery Act policy or projects for funding will be documented and posted on GSA’s Recovery Website.
GSA Recovery Act Plans and Reports
As an agency receiving funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, GSA offers the following Recovery Act plans and reports to promote the transparency and accountability mandated by the economic recovery plan:
- GSA's Agencywide Recovery Plan
- GSA's Public Buildings Services Federal Buildings Fund
- GSA's Public Buildings Services Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings Plan
- GSA's Acquisition Service Energy Efficient Federal Motor Vehicles Fleet Procurement
- GSA's Public Buildings Service Project Plan
- GSA's Federal Acquisition Service Project Plan
Communications with Registered Lobbyists
Communications between the agency and Congress, including responses to inquiries, testimony before committees, reports mandated by Congress and congressional requests for information helps promote collaboration and transparency about the agency’s processes. It's part of President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative.
Capital Investment and Leasing Program Prospectus Library. This portal is an electronic repository for proposed capital and leasing projects in GSA’s Capital Investment and Leasing Program. Based on an idea submitted through our GSA Open Government Mailbox, creating the prospectus library demonstrates that we are listening to the public and acting on what we hear. We request authorization from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for proposed capital and leasing projects that cost more than our annual threshold. The portal contains all GSA-approved prospectuses submitted for congressional authorization since FY 2010. Visit GSA Capital Investment and Leasing Program Prospectus Portal to learn more.
GSA Advantage!®GSA’s Federal Supply Service responded to the second idea chosen for implementation from our initial public dialogue: “Develop a better GSA Advantage Search Engine so it provides 'Google-like' results that help agencies locate services.” We upgraded GSA Advantage!® in January 2011 to leverages some of the latest and most widely used commercial technologies. The site has an enhanced search functionality, and a more streamlined, intuitive and user-friendly format. It's now also easier for customers to compare prices from multiple suppliers for the same product, which enhances their ability to make good purchasing decisions. Vendors can post more detailed information on their products, including video and high-resolution pictures. Visit GSA Advantage!® for more information.
e-Tools. GSA’s e-Tools Web portal provides a one-stop resource where Federal agencies and the public can quickly learn about the array of our products and services. From buying paper clips to leasing public buildings, e-Tools allows us to better serve our customers by providing an efficient and cost-effective way to do business. Visit e-Tools to learn more. For example, eBuy is our latest electronic business innovation. The eBuy tool is an electronic system to request quotes and proposals. Buyers can use eBuy to request information and find sources to fulfill their requirements. State and local governments may use eBuy to post requests for quotations for GSA schedule supplies and services. The eBuy tool provides sellers with greater opportunities to offer quotations and increase business volume for supplies and services provided under their schedule and technology contracts. Visit eBuy for more information.
Transparency Tools and Forums. The following transparency tools and forums connect the public and agencies to government information:
- Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation and USAspending.gov make government contract award data available and searchable. Acquisition requests for quotes and proposals are also posted on FedBizOpps.gov to encourage fair and open competition.
- GSAXcess®, a totally Web-enabled platform, allows eligible agencies to report, search, transfer and order excess personal property. This helps agencies avoid the cost of acquiring the same or like items in new procurements. For example, the Computers for Learning program enables schools and educational nonprofit organizations to obtain excess computer equipment from Federal agencies using the GSAXcess® system.
Consumer Information. GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies’ consumer information website, USA.gov, provides information for everyday life. The site is a trusted, one-stop source for information about Federal Government programs and services, and offers information on topics such as money management, scams, Federal benefits, identity theft, government auctions, health, housing and jobs. In times of crisis, GSA works around the clock to link the public with vital government information, whether the emergency is at home or abroad. Our cross-channel approach ensures that the same accurate updates are available to consumers calling our contact center agents or checking one of our websites.
The following links provide more consumer information: