Background and History
The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.
HOW GSA BENEFITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
GSA oversees the business of the U.S. federal government. GSA’s acquisition solutions supplies federal purchasers with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors. GSA provides workplaces for federal employees, and oversees the preservation of historic federal properties. Its policies covering travel, property and management practices promote efficient government operations.
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HOW GSA BENEFITS CITIZENS
GSA helps keep the nation safe by providing tools, equipment, and non-tactical vehicles to the U.S. military, and providing state and local governments with law enforcement equipment, firefighting and rescue equipment, and disaster recovery products and services.
GSA provides direct access to a wide range of government services, as well as consumer protection information through the official Web portals of the federal government, USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov. GSA's USA Services provides a one-stop source for information about federal government programs and services and provides consumer information on money management, scams, federal benefits, identity theft, government auctions, health, housing, and jobs.
Daniel M. Tangherlini was appointed Acting Administrator of General Services April 2, 2012. Tangherlini presides over the nation’s premier federal acquisition and procurement agency. GSA leverages the buying power of the federal government to secure, in the most cost-effective, transparent, and sustainable manner possible, the goods, services, and real property that the civilian federal government needs to operate.
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GSA delivers products, services, and policies to its federal customers through the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), the Public Buildings Service (PBS), 12 Staff Offices, and the independent Office of the Inspector General and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. GSA interacts directly with customers through 11 Regional Offices and the Central Office in Washington D.C.
GSA was established by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, to streamline the administrative work of the federal government. GSA consolidated the National Archives Establishment, the Federal Works Agency and its Public Buildings Administration, the Bureau of Federal Supply and the Office of Contract Settlement, and the War Assets Administration into one federal agency tasked with administering supplies and providing workplaces for federal employees. (Read more)
Only one percent of GSA’s total budget is provided through direct congressional appropriations. The majority of GSA's operating costs are recovered through the products and services it provides.