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Review of Decentralized Surplus State Property Activities , Report No. 95-40, February 1996

  • In 1994, the Department of Management Services' (DMS) State Surplus Property Program was eliminated and the function delegated to state agencies. Eliminating the DMS program has saved money, but agencies need to do a better job in handling their excess and worn out property items. Surplus property activities were self-supporting in only 5 of the 26 state agencies in fiscal year 1994-95; the remaining agencies reported losses ranging from $600 to $158,000. Many agencies are storing large amounts of surplus property rather than selling the items or donating them to non-profit organizations.
  • Better surplus property management could save up to $200,000 a year. Agencies could increase revenues by selling scrap items to salvage companies, contracting with auctioneers and similar vendors to sell useable items, and using Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE) to refurbish furniture. DMS could help these efforts by establishing regional contracts with surplus property vendors; agencies could then use these vendors to quickly dispose of surplus items and avoid the need to lease storage space for these items. The Department could also enable agencies to list available items on the Internet; this would help agencies to avoid the need to buy new property when surplus items are available from other state entities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Support Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-35 Progress Report: Management Services Makes Progress by Implementing OPPAGA Recommendations, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 97-50 Follow-up Report on Decentralized State Surplus Property Activities, published in February 1998.

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