GSA Makes E-Buy Available to State and Local Governments
May 29, 2009
Contact: Robert Lesino, 202-501-1231
WASHINGTON — State and local governments now have faster and more direct access to many of the same vendors for products and services that federal agencies use, the U.S. General Services Administration announced today.
This system is called e-Buy, an innovative online request for quotations for accessing GSA's multiple awards schedule. “In this difficult economy, it is critical we help our customers maximize their dollars,” said Acting Administrator Paul Prouty. “E-Buy leverages web technology and the federal government’s buying power, ensuring state and local governments get the best value possible.”
State and local customers can now access and request quotations from preapproved vendors, providing disaster recovery, information technology, and Homeland Security products, services, and solutions available under GSA’s cooperative purchasing and disaster recovery purchasing programs.
Used in combination with GSA Advantage!® and eLibrary, e-Buy ensures robust competition, enhances transparency, streamlines procurements, and leverages the capability of acquisition and procurement personnel.
“E-Buy improves customer access to vendors and provides peace of mind in knowing that purchases are fully compliant with government acquisition rules and requirements,” said James A. Williams, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner.
Additionally, e-Buy will soon implement systems enhancements allowing users to identify Recovery Act-funded acquisitions, making it easier to comply with mandatory reporting requirements.
For more information, visit the GSA e-Buy website at www.ebuy.gsa.gov.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
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