General Services Administration

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GSA leverages the buying power of the federal government to acquire best value for taxpayers and our federal customers. We exercise responsible asset management. We deliver superior workplaces, quality acquisition services, and expert business solutions. We develop innovative and effective management policies.


Paul F. Prouty was designated Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration on January 22, 2009. Prior to becoming Acting Administrator, Prouty served as assistant regional administrator for the Regional Public Building Service. Prouty joined the General Services Administration in 1971. He began his career in the real estate intern program in Denver and worked to become director of the Real Estate Division in 1988. In 1994, under the newly created Public Buildings Service (PBS) organization in the Rocky Mountain Region reinvention lab, he became the director of the Colorado Service Center, with responsibility for PBS real property service delivery in Colorado. (Read full bio)

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.


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, and 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.


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.


Phone: (202) 501-1231
Location: 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20405
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

GSA Quick Facts

  • 11,792: Number of full-time employees (FY2008)
  • $26.3 billion: Budget (FY2008)
  • $500 billion: Amount of federal assets managed by GSA
  • 8,600: Number of federally owned or leased buildings managed by GSA
  • 208,000: Number of vehicles owned or leased by GSA
  • 425: Number of historic properties preserved by GSA
  • 98.1%: Percentage of budget paid for through services provided by GSA
  • 1.9%: Percentage of budget paid for by congressional appropriations


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