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The General Services Administration (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.

The GSA’s mission is to use expertise to provide innovative solutions for our customers in support of their missions and by so doing foster an effective, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people. The 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.

Government acquisitions[]

GSA is responsible under E.O. 13011 for developing, maintaining, and disseminating for the use of the Federal community "recommended methods and strategies for the development and acquisition of information technology." In addition, GSA serves as a focal point for liaison on information resources management, including Federal information technology, on the Federal, state, and international (non-governmental) levels.

Federal computer security[]

The GAO, Office of Governmentwide Policy has been appointed as the Federal PKI Management Authority (FPKI MA), to manage the design and development, and implement and operate the production FPKIA.