The Federal Property Assistance Program is a program which acquires, warehouses, and distributes surplus federal property to state and local government agencies, non-profit health and educational organizations, public airports, and certain educational activity groups. The program saves taxpayer dollars by enabling State, public, and non-profit agencies to purchase and reutilize federal government surplus property 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. 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."
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.
Eligible organizations and activities of federal surplus property include: State and public agencies, certain non-profit organizaitons (educational and public health), public programs for the elderly, public airports, and certain educational activities of special interest to the armed services.
Representatives of our state agency visit U.S. 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.
Participating organizations are welcome and encouraged to visit our warehouse often. We encourage the use of the Federal Property 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 geographic region as the property and to those agencies that have expressed an interest in property of the type available.
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 market value and other contributing factors.