Personal Property for Reuse and Sale

Personal Property refers to physical (non-real estate or land) items ranging from common products, such as office equipment and furniture, motor vehicles, aircraft, vessels, and animals. Personal Property also includes specialized equipment , such as scientific devices and heavy machinery.

GSA's Office of Personal Property Management helps federal agencies dispose of personal property that is no longer needed. At the same time, it helps other federal agencies and state, local, and public organizations acquire these items.

The public can purchase personal property that is not needed by federal agencies or by state and local organizations.

Government regulations mandate that federal agencies consider acquiring excess personal property first, before purchasing new items. Each year, this approach saves the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

For information on federal real property assets and disposal, visit Real Property Disposal. For personal property, additional useful links include National Utilization Officers and State Agencies for Surplus Property.

When no federal agencies need real property, it is determined to be surplus and may be made available for other uses through public benefit conveyances, including homeless use, negotiated sales, or public sales, based on GSA's determination of the property’s highest and best use.

For Federal Agencies

GSA helps federal agencies dispose of personal property that is more than they need. After internal screening, GSA facilitates the transfer of excess property from one federal agency to another. GSA also helps federal agencies find and obtain this property.

Usually, agencies don’t have to pay for property from another federal agency d except for paying for shipping and transportation costs..

For State and Local Organizations

State and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies can obtain surplus personal property that is no longer needed by federal agencies.

For Citizens Seeking Surplus Property

The public can buy surplus personal property that is not needed by either federal agencies or by state and local organizations. The public can bid on most of the property at GSA AuctionsSM.

The shortcut for this page is gsa.gov/property.

Last Reviewed: 2021-03-16