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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

GSA Takes Pride in Its Local Operations

The next time you see a car, van or truck driving by you with a government license plate, look closely. Chances are there’s a GSA logo in the corner.

GSA is shorthand for the U.S. General Services Administration, quite possibly the largest federal agency you never heard of. But we’re part of your community in more ways than you might imagine.

If you’ve heard of GSA at all, it’s probably in our unofficial capacity as the nation’s landlord. Indeed, GSA provides 330 million square feet of office space to more than a million federal employees in towns like the one you’re in right now.

GSA is also behind most of the government’s purchases, including everything from phone contracts to computers, cars, vans and trucks.

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Since its creation 60 years ago, GSA has grown from federal property manager to the agency responsible for $50 billion in government spending.

If there’s a federal courthouse in your town, it’s either owned or leased by GSA. Our supplies keep it running smoothly. GSA saves millions of taxpayer dollars by using the bulk buying power of the government to equip federal buildings such as courthouses with everything from copiers to furniture. New courthouses and federal buildings also help revitalize cities by spurring additional investment.

The next time you call a Social Security office about your benefits or call the Internal Revenue Service with a question about your taxes, you’ll probably be talking to someone who’s using a phone owned or leased through a GSA contract. The state-of-the-art, secure, electronic information network that these agencies use to process your account data allowing them to better serve you is likely provided by GSA.

Getting Greener

GSA is green and getting greener. That means we find ways to help preserve our precious natural resources. We’re even making our own electricity across the country in cities such as Denver.

If you’ve visited the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, you saw firsthand the power of wind energy. The power at both sites is 100 percent wind-generated. GSA is a leader in green initiatives and telework, initially a government program, which keeps thousands of cars off America’s roads every day by allowing employees to work from home or telework centers across the country.

We’ve purchased more than 143,000 alternative-fuel vehicles for government use. Some of the alternative fuels are compressed natural gas, electricity, liquid propane and even electricity. And GSA offers some 10,000 environmentally friendly green goods and services to federal agencies.

The Defense Department is our largest client, and I was especially pleased this week when we unveiled an agreement to provide the Army with 4,000 leased electric vehicles that produce no emissions.

GSA is also dedicated to simplifying citizen access to official government information and services. Time magazine has listed USA.gov as one of the Top 25 Sites You Can’t Live Without, and our agency site, gsa.gov, is one of the top-rated sites throughout the federal government. USA.gov allows visitors to search 40 million government Web pages.

GSA: We’re 12,000 strong, spread among 11 regional offices around the country and the world, and fully committed to providing goods, services and work spaces to our federal agency customers at best value. Learn more about the helpful neighbor you may have overlooked at www.gsa.gov.

Jim Williams is acting administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration.


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