Sale of Federal Surplus Personal Property


To sell personal property no longer needed by the Government in an expeditious, economical and efficient manner and to obtain the maximum net return from sales. General Services Administration conducts the sale of personal property for most of the civil agencies; the Department of Defense handles the sale of its own surplus property.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: General Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: Fiscal year 2013 actual revenue, $28 million. Fiscal Year 2014: The estimated revenue is $38 million. Fiscal Year 2015: Data not available.
Public Law 81-152, 63 Stat. 377, 40 U.S.C. 541 et. seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Competitive bid sales are open to the general public, however bidders must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals cannot successfully register to bid on items without providing a TIN. A TIN is defined as an individual's Social Security Number (SSN) or business entity's Employer Identification Number (PIN).
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
A credit card is required for all registered users in our online community. Credit card validation assists in the prevention of fraudulent bidding activity and ensures that bidders are prepared to accept responsibility for their bidding activity and all submitted bids are valid. This card number is recorded but will not be automatically charged if a bidder is the successful bidder of an item. For security reasons and to prevent fraudulent bidding activities, all registered bidders are subject to billing address verification. No P.O. Box address will be accepted unless accompanied by a street address. By entering the credit card information, you are attesting you are an authorized user of the card. It is required that the bidder creates and secures their username and password. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Interested individuals may participate in GSA sales of Federal personal property by visiting the GSA Auctions website at, or may visit for information on sales not conducted on the internet. Also, information is available at the Federal Asset Sales website at
Award Procedure
Property is awarded to that responsible bidder whose bid, conforming to the invitation, is most advantageous to the Government, price and other factors considered. For internet sales, the successful bidders will be notified by email and must make payment within 2 business days from the date & time the award email notification was sent. Bid results from other sale types may be furnished by U.S. mail notification, via telephone, fax, or at . It is the bidder's responsibility to follow-up on the status of his/her bid and to ensure that his/her email address and all registration data are kept accurate and up-to-date.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
It is the policy of GSA Auctions® to monitor bids and other activity to ensure the proper use of our site. The Government reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids can be rejected for any reason, especially those containing inaccurate, incomplete or unverifiable information, or information which is deemed to have been given in bad faith. Indebted bidders will be ineligible for contract awards. Bidders will not be able to bid on items specified on GSA Auctions® until all debts have been cleared, and will not be awarded items when participating in other methods of sale, such as sealed bid or fixed price.
Disputes, claims and/or refunds request are not a frequent issues at GSA. Contracts resulting from the sale of any offer, and particularly GSA Auctions are subject to the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (41 U.S.C. 601-613), A claim or request for refund must be substantiated in writing to the Contracting Officer for issues regarding mis-described property, missing property and voluntary defaults.
If at any time, a participant's information changes, it is their responsibility to update the appropriate information with GSA and in GSA Auctions.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
This program provides individuals, business concerns, and other organizations with the opportunity to enter competitive bids for purchase of a wide variety of personal property whenever it is determined surplus to the needs of the Federal Government and available for sale. Included are vehicles, aircraft, hardware, electronic and medical equipment, furniture, office supplies and equipment, exotic gifts and collectables, and many other items. This program has been expanded offering assets available to the general public via online capabilities. GSA Auctions ( provides the general public with an Internet website to bid electronically on a wide variety of federal personal property. The website allows GSA to offer assets located across the country to any interested buyer, regardless of location. GSA Auctions provides item descriptions and pictures of items available for sale. Successful bidders can also make payments online. Normally, there are no use restrictions on property purchased from the Government. Other laws may restrict those eligible to participate or place conditions on property.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration, (select address from Appendix IV of the Catalog for the GSA Federal Acquisition Services, Office of Personal Property Management Sales Program Division which serves the geographical area of interest); or DLA Disposition Services (for Department of Defense surplus property), National Sales Office, 74 Washington Ave. North, Battle Creek, MI 49017-3092. Internet:
Headquarters Office
Sunny Kwa, 1800 F Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20405 Email: Phone: (202) 501-1700
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 13 $8,920,642; FY 14 est $9,107,972; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Budget not yet approved) - Sales program operates under a revolving fund, and obligations are not applicable. Sales operating expenses would be the equivalent personnel compensation/benefits; travel; contractual services; other.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
41 CFR 101-45, Sale, Abandonment, or Destruction of Personal Property. FMR 102-38, Sale of Personal Property. FMR 102-39, Replacement of Personal Property Pursuant to the Exchange/Sale Authority. Pamphlet "For Public Sale! Used Federal Government Personal Property."
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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