Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949

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Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949
Great Seal of the United States
Long title An Act to simplify the procurement, utilization, and disposal of Government property, to reorganize certain agencies of the Government, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) FPASA
Enacted by the 81st United States Congress
Effective July 1, 1949
Public law 81-152
Statutes at Large 63 Stat. 377
Titles amended 40 U.S.C.: Public Buildings, Properties, and Public Works
U.S.C. sections created 40 U.S.C. ch. 1 § 101 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 4754 by Chester E. Holifield (D-CA) on May 18, 1949
  • Passed the House on June 8, 1949 (Passed)
  • Passed the Senate on June 21, 1949 (Passed)
  • Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on June 30, 1949

The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 is a United States federal law that established the General Services Administration (GSA). The act also provides for various Federal Standards to be published by the GSA. Among these is Federal Standard 1037C.


The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 is divided into seven titles:

  • I -- Organization
  • II -- Property Management
  • III -- Procurement Procedures
  • IV -- Foreign Excess Property
  • VI -- General Provisions
  • VIII -- Urban Land Utilitization
  • IX -- Selection of Architects and Engineers

Title I[edit]

Title I designates the establishment of the agency known as the General Services Administration and its leadership in a general context. It should also be known that this section outlines the abolishment and transfer of affairs to the GSA the duties of the Federal Works Agency and the Bureau of Federal Supply. Title I also outlines guidelines for establishment of the General Supply Fund, Information Technology Fund, and the authorization to establish a nationwide network of Federal Information Centers.

Title II[edit]

Title II outlines responsibility for procurements subject to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act. This includes assets and or services such as storage, property identification, and transportation as well as policy for utilization, disposal, transfer or disposition, regulation, standardization, and cataloging of those assets and services.

Also listed are applicability of antitrust regulation, employment of personnel, penalties for nonconformity, operation of buildings and activities, and a requirement to report to congress.

Title III Procurement Procedure[edit]

Title III outlines policies for the application of federal procurement and methods for acquisition procedures, electronic commerce capability, competition, solicitation of services, evaluation, and validation of proprietary data.

Additionally, regulation of interaction between contracting agencies and the GSA is detailed here.

Title V[edit]

Title V of this act superseded and repealed the Federal Records Act of 1950.

Title VI[edit]

Title VI outlines policy for application of existing procedures and repeals many acts as listed in the text.

Also noted are regulations for separation and guidelines against sexual discrimination in the GSA.

Title VII[edit]

Repealed Public Law 91-466, 84 Stat. 990 as of January 1, 1971.

Titl e VIII[edit]

Title VIII establishes guidelines for the use and disposal of urban lands including acquisition, and change of use. Also of note is the Waiver During National Emergency (Sect 805 [40 U.S.C. 534]) which allows the temporary suspension of the aforementioned guidelines during a period of national emergency as declared by the President of the United States of America.

Title IX[edit]

Title IX covers policy and guidelines for the selection and acquisition of engineering and architectural services.