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Federal Property: Improved Monitoring, Oversight, and Data Would Help Understand Effects of Providing Property to Non-Federal Recipients

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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Why GAO Did This Study. The federal government owns and manages over a trillion of dollars of property that is not real property, such as vehicles, computers, and office furniture. Federal agencies generally get rid of excess property through GSAs disposal process, which then allows entities such as other federal agencies, to obtain that property if they want. Some agencies have independent authorities that allow them to provide property to non-federal recipients, such as universities, before or during the GSA disposal process. GAO was asked to review how federal agencies provide property to non-federal recipients. This report examines 1 how selected agencies manage unneeded and excess property provided to non-federal recipients and 2 what is known about benefits, effects, and data on property provided to these recipients. GAO analyzed GSA non-federal recipients reports from fiscal years 2013 to 2017, the most current available at the start of our review, and selected three agenciesUSDA, DOE, and DOLto obtain variety on the methods used to provide property to non-federal recipients. GAO reviewed relevant processes and interviewed officials from GSA, selected agencies, and non-federal recipients.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]