The Federal Property Assistance Program is a program which acquires, warehouses, and distributes surplus federal property to state and local government agencies and to non-profit health and educational organizations. The program saves taxpayer dollars by enabling public sector and non-profit agencies to purchase and reutilize federal government equipment, vehicles, and supplies for nominal fees.
The Federal Property Assistance Program was created by Congress in 1949 with the enactment of Public Law 94-519. The law enables personal property items to be donated to agencies which meet eligibility criteria. Property items are serviceable goods, materials and equipment which the federal government has determined it no longer needs. Some notable examples are heavy equipment, vehicles, construction materials, and office equipment. As part of the Act (94-519), state governments are delegated the responsibility for administrating this program through their individual state's "Plan of Operation".
Over the years, organizations who qualify for this program have expanded from governmental agencies to medical institutions, day care centers, and homeless shelters. The State of Alaska is pleased to be a part of this valuable service which enables us to receive, warehouse and distribute surplus property to qualifying organizations.
Eligibility may be granted to any governmental entity or public agency established by or pursuant to state law, including education, health and public service organizations.
Also, certain non-profit, tax-exempt health or educational organization, including medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, health centers, schools, colleges, universities, schools for the mentally retarded or disabled, child care centers, and programs for the elderly and homeless that are funded or authorized by specific federal legislation. Other non-profit, tax-exempt organizations may also be eligible.
Representatives of our state agency visit US Government installations to select property that is available for donation. Most of our property comes from military bases and federal offices located in Alaska. Our property screeners also have access to federal property worldwide through various posting systems, including the internet.
Personal property that may be available includes hand and machine tools, office machines and supplies, furniture, hardware, motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, construction equipment, electrical and electronic equipment and many other items.
Property is moving in and out of our warehouse every day so it is difficult to publish a current listing of available property. Participating organizations are welcome and encouraged to visit our warehouse often. We encourage the use of the WANT LIST so we can search for available property that meets your needs. Another way we notify agencies is by Special Notice. These notices are used to inform participants of property that is available outside the normal avenues. Notices are sent to agencies who are in the same geography region as the property and to those agencies that have expressed an interest in property of the type available.
Screener's cards are available to enable participants to screen property for themselves. Persons holding a screener's card may go directly to the Federal agency and inspect property. This may be especially advantageous to participants outside the Anchorage area where Federal facilities exist.
Yes. Service and handling charges are placed on all property which is distributed by this agency. The fees are based on total expenses in acquiring, transporting, warehousing and transferring the property, but are equalized by fair value and other contributing factors.