Making it Easier
Above all else, the goal of the was to make purchasing and procurement easier for Government agencies. Over the years, that is exactly what the agency did.
In 2007, the GSA consolidated the Federal Telecommunication Service into the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) to better align the delivery of its solutions in an ever-changing business world.
In early 2016, GSA launched the Acquisition Gateway as a way of helping Federal Government buyers from all agencies act as one acquisition community. By September 2016, the Acquisition Gateway surpassed 10,000 registered users.
In 2019, when more ease-of-use was needed, the GSA released the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Consolidation. MAS Contracts through the GSA are long-term governmentwide, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts that provide federal, state, and local government buyers commercial products and services at a fair price.
Businesses and organizations interested in selling products and services to government agencies through the General Services Administration (GSA) do so using the Multiple Award Schedules Program.
The goal of all the “Making it Easier” consolidations is an attempt to purchase goods that the government uses on a daily basis in the simplest way possible.