Section 1: Overview

Understanding the GSA Schedules Program

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency designed to help federal agencies serve the public. GSA continuously seeks new supplies and services, designs innovative systems, introduces procurement models, addresses customer needs and expectations, and strives to create “Best Value” for customers.

Statutory and Regulatory Foundation

Statutory Authority for the MAS Program

Title III of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 251 et seq.) and Title 40, U.S.C. 501, Services for Executive Agencies, are the two statutes that authorize the MAS program. The GSA Administrator has statutory authority to procure and supply personal property and non-personal services for use of the executive agencies in the proper discharge of their responsibilities, and perform functions related to procurement and supply.

The statute states that the use of GSA Schedules is a competitive contracting procedure since participation in the program has been open to all responsible prospective contractors and orders and contracts under such procedures result in the lowest overall cost alternative to meet the needs of the government. (See FAR 8.404(a).)

Regulatory Foundation

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides the primary regulatory guidance for the GSA Schedules Program.

GSA’s Mission, Values, and Goals

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

GSA means excellence in the business of government. GSA is a more diverse range of business lines compared with any number of large corporations. Excellence in the business of government means speaking to GSA customers with “One GSA — One Voice” whenever possible.

Our Strategic Goals