The Federal Excess Property Program is designed to re-utilize all types of items purchased by federal entities. Via congressional legislation, all federal agencies and military bases disposing of unneeded items must first make them available for “reutilization.” Many commonly perceive the property received as a donation to research and extension programs. In contrast, all items from the program are actually transferred to—and on-loan from—the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). None of the equipment or supplies received are owned by the West Virginia University Extension Service.
Also, contrary to popular perception are the concepts of “
surplus” versus “
excess” property. The
Excess Personal Property program serves only federal agencies and
programs. Items received from the program remain within federal ownership. The
Surplus Property Program is separate and provides state agencies
with supplies and equipment only after they are no longer needed within the federal
realm. In summary, items within the excess property cycle are still owned by the
government and usually higher quality. Items termed “surplus” have been through
federal excess screening and are no longer needed.
The primary goal of the Federal Excess Program (FEP) program is to promote and supplement the overall research and extension missions of the Extension Service and the Davis College.
Any persons wanting to request property should first ask themselves if the item(s) needed fits the above criteria. The most important priority of the FEP program is to acquire and use items that present a direct cost-savings to the research and extension appropriations. Acquiring items that provide general enhancement of improvements is a secondary goal.
In summary, items within the excess property cycle are still owned by the government and are usually of higher quality; items termed “surplus” have been through federal excess screening and are no longer needed.