Property Control System Manual (PCS)

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Effective: 3/1/1984

Revised: 3/1/2004

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PCS 208: Acquisition of Equipment from the State Surplus Program

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Purpose

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To enable the acquisition of state and federal surplus equipment from the Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office

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Sources

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Property Control
Purchasing and Business Services

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Policy

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ASU may purchase surplus equipment for university and sponsored use from the Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office. PCS 101, “Capitalization of Property,” applies to all equipment purchased. Equipment may be placed on hold for 10 days.

The Surplus Property Management Office enforces the following agreements for the purchase of state or federal surplus equipment.


State Surplus Equipment

The following agreements are enforced after the acquiring agency purchases state surplus equipment:

  1. Use the surplus equipment only in the official program for six months.
  2. Pay service and handling charges promptly.
  3. Place the surplus equipment into use within one year and use it for at least six months.
  4. Do not sell, loan, trade, or cannibalize the equipment until six months after the acquiring agency starts using the equipment.

Federal Surplus Equipment

The following agreements are enforced after the acquiring agency purchases federal surplus equipment:

  1. Use the surplus equipment only in the official program for one year.
  2. Pay service and handling charges promptly.
  3. Place the surplus equipment into use within one year and use it for one year (or 18 months for items with an acquisition value greater than $5,000).
  4. Do not sell, loan, trade, or cannibalize the equipment until one year after the acquiring agency starts using the equipment (or 18 months for items with an acquisition value greater than $5,000).
  5. Reimburse the U.S. government if surplus equipment is not being used according to the agreement.

Donated Equipment

Equipment donated to the Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office has been donated by state or federal agencies. The charges the university incurs for the equipment are for service and handling only. These charges pay for operation of the Surplus Property Management Office.


Specific Equipment Needs

For equipment not currently in the Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office, request cards may be filled out for equipment needs. Request cards are forwarded to the federal property screeners, who search for equipment needs in California, Nevada, and Arizona.


Surplus Shopper

The Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office sends out a bimonthly newsletter, the Surplus Shopper, to interested persons. The equipment listed in the Surplus Shopper may not always be available, as the office has a high inventory turnover rate.

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Procedure

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A department desiring to obtain state or federal surplus equipment completes the following steps:

  1. Obtain and sign a One-Time Signature Authorization form in Purchasing and Business Services.
  2. Visit the Arizona Department of Administration’s Surplus Property Management Office and search the warehouse for needed equipment.
  3. Request that selected equipment be put on hold for 10 days.
  4. Prepare a requisition (RX) for the equipment and obtain necessary approvals. Send the document to Purchasing and Business Services for action.

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Cross-Reference

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For more information on the purchase of used equipment, see the Purchasing and Business Services Policies and Procedures Manual—PUR 401–05, “Used Equipment.”

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