Founded in 1949, the U.S. General Services Administration provides workplaces by constructing and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate properties. Its acquisition solutions serve government organizations, private sectors, and telecommunications and information technology industries. The organization offers products, services and policies to its federal customers through the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Public Buildings Service (PBS) and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. It also specializes in the areas of architecture, engineering, urban development, design, fine arts, historic preservation and project management. The U.S. General Services Administration owns and leases more than 350 million square feet of space in over 8,500 buildings in nearly 2,000 communities. Its properties include courthouses, laboratories, post offices and data processing centers. In addition, the company offers a range of products that includes cleaning supplies, tools, appliances, and building and industrial equipment.