To insure federal property is going to eligible organizations for proper utilization of federal resources, the federal law requires certain restrictions be placed on equipment. The Federal General Services Administration (GSA) has the responsibility to oversee the program nationwide (GSA conducts reviews of the operations on a routine basis). To learn more about GSA, their policy on disability access to this program (Section 504), a General Overview of their Laws, and to read their nondiscrimination policy, please visit their web site.
Federal law specifies terms and conditions applying to the receipt and use of surplus property. Some of the general requirements are:
- Items must be acquired for organizational purposes. ITEMS MAY NOT BE ACQUIRED FOR PERSONAL USE.
- Items must be placed in use within 12 months of receipt and used for a period of 18 months thereafter (passenger vehicles – 24 months, vessels greater than 50 ft – 5 years, aircraft – 5 years). Items not being utilized by an organization in accordance with this requirement must be reported back to the WDFP for transfer or other disposition.
- During the restricted period of use, the organization may not sell, trade, lease, lend, bail, encumber, or otherwise dispose of such items without the prior written approval of GSA through DOA.
- Cannibalization or secondary use of an item for purposes other than its original intended use may be approved at the time it is first acquired or subsequently by an organization submitting an acceptable written request and justification.