Federal Surplus Property Transfer Program


To facilitate the possible no cost conveyance, by the General Services Administration, to State and local governments, of surplus real and related personal property determined by the Attorney General to be required for correctional facility use, under programs or projects for the care or rehabilitation of criminal offenders, and for law enforcement purposes.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, and codified at 40 U.S.C. Section 553 (b) (1) (2) property for correctional facility and/or law enforcement. Base Realignment and Closure process see P. L.101-510, § 2905(b), 10 U.S.C. § 2687; and, an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., 40 U.S.C 553.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include states, or political subdivisions or instrumentalities of states, proposing to use the subject property for law enforcement purposes or correctional facility purposes. The 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, local and territorial governments, that are engaged in activities to control or reduce crime and juvenile delinquency or the enforcement of criminal law or the care or rehabilitation of criminal offenders.
DOJ/OJP/BJA application for a correctional facility use or law enforcement purpose determination. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Notify BJA and GSA or DOD by letter, of the State's interest in an identified property. Applicants interested in applying for property under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) must consult with their designated Local Redevelopment Authority for the community's plan for economic recovery. A list of the recognized LRAs can be viewed at: http://www.oea.gov/OEAWeb.nsf/Home?OpenForm.

In addition to the above identified requirements, view https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc for a list of states covered by E.O. 12372 requiring an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of a completed DOJ/OJP/BJA application kit, including environmental information.
Award Procedure
(1) Applicant must be a State or local governmental entity; (2) applicant must propose a correctional facility use or law enforcement purpose consistent with the requirements set forth in 40 U.S.C. Section 553(b)(1) and (2).
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Deed of Conveyance. The Deed of Conveyance of any surplus real and related personal property disposed of under this program - (1) shall provide that all of the property be used and maintained for the purpose for which it was conveyed in perpetuity, and that if the property ceases to be used or maintained for that purpose, all or any portion of the property shall, in its then existing condition, at the option of the Government, revert to the Government; and (2) may contain additional terms, reservations, restrictions, and conditions that the Administrator determines are necessary to safeguard the interests of the Government.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. No progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are not applicable. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
No audits are required for this program.
See 2 CFR 200 for the government-wide requirements for maintenance of records by grant recipients.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
N/A. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Please contact BJA at Phone: 202-616-6500 or https://www.bja.gov/contactus.aspx.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. General Services Administration: www.propertydisposal.gsa.gov. Office of Economic Adjustment: http://www.defenselink.mil/brac/.
Headquarters Office
O. Terry U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street, NW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 616-6500
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Through the Federal Surplus Property Public Benefit Conveyance Program (Program), surplus federal land and buildings are conveyed to public entities at no cost pursuant to 40 U.S.C. 541, et seq., and applicable regulations (40 U.S.C. § 553 and 41 C.F.R. Parts 102-75.750 through 102-75.815).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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