Happy Birthday GSA!


The General Services Administration turns 60 years old today. And from this birthday news release, it sounds like the agency has no plans to retire.

“After six decades we’re just hitting our prime,” Acting Administrator Paul Prouty said in the statement.

With billions in Recovery Act dollars flowing out of agencies today, GSA stands ready to “help green the government, move America toward energy independence, increased transparency and accountability and much, much more,” he said.

To celebrate the agency established by President Harry Truman in 1949 to centralize the procurement of goods, services and office space for the federal government, FedLine gives you the following fun facts about GSA:

  • GSA has 11,792 full time employees.
  • GSA handles 11 percent of the government’s procurement spending.
  • GSA manages 8,600 government-owned and leased buildings and more than 425 historic properties.
  • It also manages 213,000 government vehicles.

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