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Abandonment/Destruction

If reported property is not selected by a federal, state, or local government agency, a nonprofit organization, or a member of the general public, GSA will authorize the owning agency to dispose of the property through the Abandon and Destroy (A/D) process.

This action must be processed in accordance with the federal regulation 41 CFR102-36.305-330.

Property must be disposed of in compliance with EPA laws and regulations, using environmentally friendly methods.

For additional assistance, contact a Personal Property Management Office representative in designated geographic locations.

Abandonment /Destruction by Recycling

If property is not disposed of through use of  GSA’s utilization, donation, and sales programs, control of the property for ultimate disposal reverts to the owning federal agency. At this point, the agency can dispose of the property through abandonment and destruction procedures or through recycling.

Legislation Background

Relevant legislation includes:

FMR 102-38.295 outlines the policies governing the sale of federal personal property that has completed all required screening, as well as property to be sold under the exchange/sale authority.

Public Law 107-67 [PDF, 246 KB] provides information on funds recovered through recycling.

FMR 102-36.305 states rules for abandoning or destroying excess personal property.

Disposing of Federal Personal Property
  • GSAXcess® helps eligible customers report, search for, and select personal property.
  • Agency Asset Management System (AAMS) supports customized disposal systems within customer agencies to report, select, and transfer excess personal property.
  • Energy Asset Disposal System (EADS) is a system to report, select, and transfer excess personal property exclusively within the Department of Energy (DOE).
  • Computers for Learning (CFL) allows schools and educational non-profit organizations to obtain excess computer equipment directly from federal agencies.
  • MySales provides federal agencies with the ability to monitor their personal property reported to GSA for sale.
  • GSA Auctions® helps people purchase personal property from locations around the country.
  • Surplus Sales of Personal Property announces and tracks sales of property sold through offline bidding such as public auction.

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