The General Services Administration, or the GSA, provides many services and various supplies and equipment for the federal government and its many employees in different building and locations. In fact, its Security Schedule has over 100 subcategories, which are known as Special Item Numbers, or SINs. Its program schedule, broken down into around 30 “Schedules”, or contracts, make up this industry. All kinds of material goods for many different jobs are provided by the GSA.
The Basics of the GSA
According to AllGov, the GSA provides for all of the federal government’s agencies, and it even managed over $500 billion worth of federal assets in over 8,600 leased or federally owned building and a fleet of over 208,000 vehicles. The GSA typically acts as the requisitions and procurement branch for the federal government, and it provides supplies, equipment, telecommunications, and more to various federal agencies as needed. Government-wide regulations and policies are also developed by the GSA to help keep everything more cost effective whenever possible.
Environmental regulations and protection is one of many services that the GSA provides. It aims to prevent damage to the ecosystem done by federal operations, anything from the operation, maintenance, construction, and destruction of federal buildings and other real estates. It also works with water and energy conservation, fire protection, handling hazardous materials, landscaping, and asbestos management.
Security and law make up a significant part of the GSA’s work. Many different commercial products and services are provided by the GSA in such arenas as firefighting, law enforcement, and security products and services. The 1122 Counterdrug Program, Wildland Fire Program, Security Solutions, and Security Alert Levels Nationwide.
In particular, the Security and Law Enforcement Solutions department of the GSA has plenty of responsibility. Firefighting and rescue equipment is part of this, where firefighting equipment and other tactical equipment such as hoses, rescue ladders, gas masks, helmets, axes, and more are provided to first responders, along with the vehicles that they drive and all equipment on board those vehicles. Law enforcement and security is another major concern, where tactical equipment such as firearm optics, operational solutions, firearms, various hand grenades, personal radios, and more are provided, along with other tactical equipment. In fact, tactical equipment can easily involve the vehicles that law enforcement and security forces use, such as four door sedans and their special features such as bulletproof glass, jeeps, trucks, and more. Special operations support may include additional training for officers and logistical backup, such as communications gear and computers or software to stay on top of cyber crime.