GSA Advantage is a government purchasing service of the General Services Administration or GSA. GSA created in 1949 is an independent agency of the United States government established to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies.
GSA Advantage is an online purchasing service created within the GSA organization. Its mission is to provide a streamlined, efficient purchasing portal for federal agencies to acquire the goods and services needed. The purpose in creating this service was threefold. First to reduce the time, cost and bureaucracy in purchasing goods and services, second to insure the lowest possible price was obtained and third is to verify contractors are qualified to sell to the federal government.
The service is intended to benefit any federal agency that has access to the GSA Advantage program however two federal acts have allowed State and local governments to access and purchase from this service. Section 833 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the Administrator of General Services to provide State and local governments the use of GSA’s Federal Supply Schedules for the purchase of products and services.