In Federal News Network's ongoing special report, GSA @ 70: Mission evolved, we explore through interviews, data and photos how the agency's impact and importance has grown over the last seven decades. This photo gallery highlights how GSA has changed over the last 70 years from basic things like the logo to serving small businesses to technology and telecommunications.
On July 1, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act that created a new agency — the General Services Administration. The goal of the law was simple: Bring together property and supply, building construction and management, records management and certain public works functions. Or more easily said, make the government run effectively and efficiently by centralizing many of the services everyone needs.
Today, GSA’s mission goals are much the same as they were in 1949, but the way the agency meets them is wholly different.
GSA continues to be, in many ways, the hub of the government, making sure agencies have office space to work in, technology to communicate with and travel regulations to follow.