GSA is the primary point for issues related to standardization, packaging, marking, palletization and hazardous materials management, to include safety data sheets. GSA is additionally responsible for:
Maintaining the Federal Specification Reference System (FSRS);
Distribution of Federal Product Descriptions (FPD's);
Serving as the Civil agency/DoD interface for the DoD Index of Specifications and Standards and DoD Standardization Directory;
Managing the FMR 102-27, Federal Product Descriptions; and
Interfacing with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
GSA collaborates with professional and trade associations, manufacturers, voluntary standards organizations and government activities in the development and management of Federal Standardization policy and programs. In addition, GSA also prepares and maintains the Index of Federal Specifications, Standards, and Commercial Item Descriptions online and oversees/monitors the federal metric transition program.