GSA's Open Government Initiatives

The United State’s Open Government Directive instructs all federal agencies to actively open their operations to the public. GSA’s efforts are rooted in three principles at the heart of the directive: Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration.

Featured Initiatives


Challenge.gov is a government-wide challenge platform that facilitates innovation through challenges and prizes and enables the public to find all federal government challenge opportunities in one place, to learn about them in easy, creative ways, and to be notified of new challenges.


The home of the U.S. Government’s open data, which increases public access to high-value government datasets, providing data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, and design data visualizations.


GSA's work in using digital technology to advance open government and the is accessible on

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Consumers can download, for free, important information on health, benefits, managing finances and more through a program with Google books.


An open, collaborative online community for connecting, communicating, learning and engaging across GSA topics. Its goal is to help increase government’s effectiveness through better communication and collaboration.

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A set of online tools to make it easy for businesses and individuals to find and participate in Federal business opportunities, developed as a GSA Open Government Flagship Initiative.


GSA led a team to negotiate landmark agreements with many social media companies on behalf of all federal agencies.

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GSA Repsonse to:

Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review ()

View GSA's Final Retrospective Analysis Plan and Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules


GSA is committed to improved management of Controlled Unclassified Information ()


Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service ()


GSA is committed to the

View GSA's Plain Language Compliance


Open Government Links

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Visit this page to learn about GSA’s ongoing accountability to citizens, its ambitious sustainability plans, and what “open” looks like across the globe.


The Office of Inspector General at GSA established a website that helps to track down records of state suspensions and departments. It is a great resource for the public, as well as federal contracting officers who are charged with checking the responsibility records of federal contractors. This system closely mirrors — a centralized database of contract and non-contract related misconduct.

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These reports provide GSA financial and performance information, enabling the assessment of agency performance, and explain how the agency benefits citizens.

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Sustainability is one of GSA’s key priorities. GSA incorporates sustainability into its budget, planning, and performance management processes and understands that sustainability can significantly improve our bottom line. Several of GSA’s key performance measures are sustainability measures, and GSA tracks goal progress.

GSA Events

A listing of dates and locations for GSA sponsored seminars, workshops, meetings, and other events offered to federal employees and vendors.

Blog Highlights

View blog highlights of GSA's Open Government activities furthering Transparency, Participation, Collaboration and Innovation.

Policy and Related Information

  • The Open Government Directive
  • Open Government Initiative

Records and Reports

  • Annual Reports, Performance Plans and Accountability Reports: These reports provide GSA financial and performance information, enabling the assessment of agency performance.
  • : Read reports and other information related to GSA's efforts in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Budget Justifications: Reports and documents provide budgetary and performance information about GSA's programs.
  • Budget, Performance and Agency Reports: These reports gather information on GSA's progress regarding budget, performance, and goals.
  • Communications with Media and the Public: Guidance is available for how GSA's Public Affairs Office facilitates agency communications.
  • Conference Expense Report: This report provides conference expense information for GSA conferences, as required by OMB Memorandum M-12-12.
  • Congressional Affairs: GSA provides timely, accurate information to all inquiries from Congress.
  • : The results of a U.S. Office of Government Ethics review indicated that the GSA ethics program appears to be effectively administered and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act Inventory: GSA's FAIR Act Inventory aims to create accurate, complete, understandable, and supportable inventories of the GSA's functions.
  • Federal Advisory Committee Act: GSA's Committee Management Secretariat supports FACA groups thoroughout government.
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests: Anyone may request access to federal agency records or information under the 1966 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
    GSA FOIA Reports
  • Office of the Inspector General Reports: GSA's Inspector General issues semiannual reports on significant investigations, statistical case information and information concerning management decisions.

  • Privacy Policy: GSA's Privacy Program protects the personal information of all individuals of whom GSA maintains systems of records.
  • Records Management: GSA carefully tracks, organizes, and archives valuable historical data.
  • : GSA keeps careful track of all communications with registered lobbyists.

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Version 3.0 of GSA's Open Government Plan showcases our ongoing implementation of collaborative governmentwide platforms and tools and our current strategic initiatives in the U.S. National Action Plan. This version details some of GSA’s ongoing work to make federal procurement information easily accessible online for businesses, government agencies, and the public. Download the GSA Open Government Plan Version 3 [PDF - 403 KB].

We recognize that our Open Government Plan is a living document and will evolve. As we continue towards increased transparency, participation, collaboration, and innovation, we will include updates of how these open government principles are integrated in our strategic efforts and mission operations. Details about achievements in these areas can be found on our website, GSA.gov and GSA.gov/open. We invite the public to contribute ideas on ways GSA can become more accountable and accessible. The feedback we receive from the public today will help to shape a more open GSA for tomorrow. Please email us at Open.Government@gsa.gov to let us know:

  • What data or information do you want GSA to make available to the public?
  • What additional open government activities would you like to see GSA involved in?
  • What would you like us to include in our updated open government plan?
  • How you would like our GSA.gov/open webpage to evolve?

Download previous GSA Open Government Plans

Open Government Evaluation

GSA's Open Government Implementation Dashboard shows the status of our progress for implementing our Open Government Plan.

Last Reviewed: 2021-01-22