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How to Acquire Excess Property

Submitted by illia.stankevy… on Fri, 10/27/2023 - 11:15

How to Acquire Excess Property


Did you know you can potentially save time and money by acquiring excess property in lieu of a new procurement? Regulations require that agencies make positive efforts to satisfy requirements using excess property before initiating a contract action (see FAR Subpart 8.1). Acquiring excess property to fulfill mission requirements has saved agencies and taxpayers billions of dollars over the years and $1.5 Billion in FY2023 alone. In a time of shrinking budgets and increasingly complex contracts, there has never been a better time to use excess property. 

The Personal Property Management System (PPMS) makes locating and requesting excess property easy and features all types of Personal Property (non-real property) at locations across the country. Most property is transferred to the receiving agency at no cost (the receiving agency is responsible for transportation and handling). All federal employees with a ".gov" or ".mil" email address can self-register PPMS to view available property. Self-registration is located at the top right on the PPMS homepage. To request property, additional permissions are needed and can be provided by contacting your agency’s National Utilization Officer (NUO).

Want more information? We’re here to help! Visit: or contact your local GSA Area Property Officer for more information.

Some of the many types of property available are:

  • Aircraft, Aircraft Parts and Tires
  • Automobiles, Motorcycles and Bicycles
  • Boats and Marine Equipment
  • Clothing and Personal
  • Communication and Detection Equipment
  • Computer Equipment, Software and Accessories
  • Construction Equipment
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Components
  • Fire Trucks and Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Food Preparation and Serving Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Hardware and Tools
  • Industrial Service and Trade Machinery
  • Lab Equipment and Supplies
  • Materials Handling Equipment
  • Medical, Dental and Veterinary Equipment and Supplies
  • Office Equipment and Supplies 
  • Photographic and Recording Equipment
  • Recreation Equipment
  • Recycling, Reclamation and Disposal Equipment
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Equipment
  • Travel Trailer and/or Mobile Home
  • Trucks, Trailers and Tractors
  • Vehicular Components and Tires