Property Control System Manual (PCS)

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Effective: 3/1/1984

Revised: 3/1/2019

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PCS 403: Receiving Government-Furnished Equipment

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To properly receive and record government-furnished equipment (GFE)

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Federal Acquisition Regulation § 45.502-1

Capital Assets Management (CAM)

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Principal investigators on government and sponsored grants and contracts

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The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for receiving and inspecting government-furnished equipment (GFE). Upon the receipt of GFE, the PI shall immediately ensure that the quantity, description, and condition of the equipment are recorded accurately and report it to CAM at ASU.

Responsibility for Losses

The university property control records, or certified copies thereof, shall be considered the government’s official property records unless an exception has been authorized in the contract. The university shall establish and maintain adequate property control records for all GFE, including equipment provided to and in the possession or control of a subcontractor.

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The Principal Investigator (PI) ensures that the quantity, description, and condition of the government-furnished equipment (GFE) is recorded accurately.

If overages, shortages, or damages are discovered, the PI:

  1. provides a statement of the condition and apparent causes on the reverse side of the government shipper document


  2. forwards the government shipper document to the sponsored property coordinator as notification that the GFE has been received.

CAM works with the PI and the appropriate government/sponsoring agency to attain an adequate solution.

If overages, shortages, or damages are not discovered, the PI provides the required receipt to the government/sponsor indicating that the shipment of GFE has been received and is in good condition.

CAM tags the GFE with a yellow ASU property control tag and appropriate government tags and adds it to Workday Business Assets.

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