Presentation on theme: "Texas Federal Surplus Property Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Texas Federal Surplus Property Program Welcome to the Texas Facilities Commission’s presentation of its Federal Surplus Property Program. I hope that you will find the federal surplus property program to be a great benefit to your organization.Texas Facilities Commission
2 Origins of the Federal Surplus Property Program Federal Property & Administrative Services Act of 1949Title 40 of the U.S. Code, Section 549In 1949, President Harry Truman, in an effort to simplify federal surplus property distribution, signed into law the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act. The act created the General Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the Federal Surplus property program still today.Truman said that the act was created “To simplify the procurement, utilization, and disposal of Government property, to reorganize certain agencies of the Government, and for other purposes."
3 Federal Surplus Property Program Administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with state agenciesGSA’s website:GSA allocates property to states on a “first-come, first-served basis”General public cannot search the GSA’s surplus inventory.Search TFC’s inventory on our website:The FSP program transfers surplus federal property to eligible donees at a very low cost to the recipient.
4 Search for Available Property Search our inventory online. All available property is listed on our website (with pictures!!)We know that gas is expensive and everyone is on a tight budget. That is why we made it possible for you to view our property before coming to the warehouses. Also make sure to let an FSP staff member know if there is any property that you are looking for.
5 What type of property is available? Examples of items typically in stock include……Hand & machine toolsOffice machines & suppliesComputer equipmentFurnitureAppliancesHardwareHeavy EquipmentVehiclesTrucksGeneratorsStorage & fuel tanksExercise equipmentAir hockey & ping-pong tablesCommercial kitchen equipmentBoats & raftsMobil homes & travel trailersLarge storage containersAirplanes & helicoptersMedical SuppliesEmergency management equipmentA wide variety of items are available for our donees through the Federal Surplus Property Program. The items in the left column represent some “typical” items that our warehouses usually have in stock.The items in the right column are examples of uncommon or specialty items that are available through FSP. However, keep in mind that the Texas Federal Surplus Property program has more that just large property items. We also have small property like diapers, tools, water, and water jugs.All available property is posted on our website (with pictures!!)
6 Who is Eligible? State & Public Agencies State AgenciesCities & MunicipalitiesCountiesSchool DistrictsFire Departments & Emergency Service DistrictsPublic AirportsNonprofit & Public Programs for the ElderlyAdult day careNutrition, transportation, legal or social servicesFor more information and to find out if your organization is eligible, contact Megan Sim at or (512)
7 Who is Eligible?Nonprofit Educational & Public Health Activities, including Programs for the Homeless & ImpoverishedMedical institutions, hospitals & clinicsDrug abuse treatment centersHistoric light stationsSchools, colleges, and universitiesSchools for persons with mental or physical disabilitiesChild care centersMuseums & free librariesFood banks, soup kitchens & shelters serving homeless and/or impoverished individualsFor more information and to find out if your organization is eligible, contact Megan Sim at or (512)
8 Who is Eligible? Active SBA 8(a) Certified Companies Service Educational Activities of Special Interest to the Armed Services (SEA’s)Eligible to receive DOD property onlyExamples: Red Cross, YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boy & Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Inc., Little League Baseball, Inc., Marine Cadets of America, National Civilian Community Corps, United Service Organizations, Inc., U.S. Olympic Committee Complete list of eligible organizations, available atQuestions? Contact Megan Sim at or (512)It is the Law: In accordance with Federal Law and this state agency’s regulations and polices, TFC and its donees are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability.For more information and to find out if your organization is eligible, contact Megan Sorley at or (512)
9 TXFSP Donees by Account Type As of March 2013, there were 7921 registered donee accounts. Over 50% of those accounts are public entities, such as cities, counties & state agencies, or educational institutions, such as schools, universities, libraries & museums.
10 How do I apply?Download an “Application for Eligibility” from our website: .From the left side of the page, click on “Federal Surplus Property,” then “Forms.” There you will find our “Application for Eligibility.”Only designated “Authorized Representatives” may sign for property.Submission instructions are on the application.
11 Overview of the Federal Donation Process Federal agencies contact GSA to dispose of surplus property.Some of this property is offered to State Agencies for Surplus Property (SASP) including TFC.TFC “screener” requests property from GSA.GSA allocates (donates) property to state of their choice.Property may be shipped to a TFC Warehouse, or it may remain at its original location.“Direct pick-ups” save on shipping costsDonees search for available property online using TFC’s website OR by visiting one of our warehouses.Donee contacts TFC staff to request property.Donee account status verified by TFC.Donee receives property & submits payment to TFC.After the donation: Donee submits required compliance paperwork to TFC. Also subject to site visits.Federal AgencyGSAState Agency for Surplus PropertyDoneeFederal agencies contact GSA to dispose of surplus property.Some of this property is offered to State Agencies for Surplus Property (SASP) including TFC.TFC “screener” requests property from GSA.GSA allocates (donates) property to state of their choice.Property may then be shipped to a TFC Warehouse, or it may remain at its original location.“Direct pick-ups” save on shipping costs by having the donee pick-up the property from the federal agency.Donees search for available property online using TFC’s website OR by visiting one of our warehouses.Donee contacts TFC Warehouse staff to request property.Donee’s account status is verified by TFC before request is approved.Only an “Authorized Representative” can sign for property.Must re-apply for certification every 3 yearsSome entities, such as SBA 8(a) companies, are subject to additional approvals before the transfer of property can be approved by TFCDonee receives property and submits payment to TFC.It is the responsibility of the donee to pick-up the property or arrange shipping.
12 After the Donation: Compliance Periods Donee has one year to put property into use.Must continue to use the property for “Compliance Period” before ownership transferred to donee.Compliance period begins when property is put into use.Original acquisition cost of > $5,000 and passenger vehicles = 18 month compliance periodOriginal acquisition cost <$5,000 = 12 month compliance period.Any aircraft = 5-year compliance periodSome items (i.e. non-operational combat aircraft, firearms) = perpetual
13 After the Donation: Compliance Visits & Audits All donees subject to compliance checks, including on-site visitsSingle AuditDonees that have received $500, or more in all forms of federal financial assistance during the last fiscal year are liable for a single audit by an independent firm.Fair Market Value (FMV) = original acquisition cost X 23.3 %.Compliance VisitAll donees are subject to a compliance visit by TXFSP within that Compliance Period to ensure that the property is being put to its intended use by the donee.Single AuditSingle Audit Act and the Single Audit Amendments of 1996 (US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133)Donees that have received $500, or more in all forms of federal financial assistance during the last fiscal year are liable for a single audit by an independent firm.Fair Market Value (FMV) = original acquisition cost of property X 23.3 %.The TXFSP program also undergoes audits conducted by TFC Internal Audit and a review by the GSA every 2 years.
14 Who is receiving the property? Property Donatedby Donee TypeFrom , Texas FSP transferred over $167 million worth of property to our donees for less than $6 million in service fees.
15 Who is receiving the property? Donee TypeOriginal Gov’t Acquisition Cost of PropertyEducation (Public & Private Schools, Colleges, Museums, Libraries)$77,564,601.90Cities, Counties, State Agencies & other political subdivisions$38,376,692.17Public Safety (VFDs, ESDs, law enforcement, courts)$21,779,073.42Provider of Assistance to Impoverished$9,742,881.20SBA 8(a) Companies$9,117,919.96Conservation (utilities & water districts)$5,142,216.55Provider of Assistance to Homeless$3,384,912.86Service Educational Activities$1,845,843.54Health (public & non-profit clinics & hospitals)$563,668.58TOTAL DONATIONS FOR$167,517,810.18From , Texas FSP transferred over $167 million worth of property to our donees for less than $6 million in service fees.
16 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of MarionChurch pews previously used at Randolph AFB donated to the City in January 2012Direct donee pick-up from Fort Sam.Now used for City Council meetings.
17 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Cooke CountyBuilt & furnished a new facility with a shop area using donated propertyReceived a 4-wheel electric cart used to perform tasks on the 10 acres of land where the new facility is located“Built” a service truck that allows the staff to quickly changes tires and service their equipment. County staff put an air compressor in the bed of a ¾ ton GMC Pickup Truck, and then fully stocked the truck with hand tools, wrenches & sockets.Replaced an old, rusty tanker truck with a newer, rust-resistant model used to haul water for the County’s road projects and back-up to the local rural fire department.As you have seen, government entities such as counties, cities, and state agencies are some of our most loyal and frequent customers. One example is Cooke County in North Texas, who has been doing business with FSP for over 30 years.Built & furnished a new facility with a shop area using donated propertyReceived a 4-wheel electric cart that is used by employees to quickly perform tasks on the 10 acres of land where the new facility is located“Built” a service truck that allows the staff to quickly changes tires and service their equipment. To accomplish this, county staff put an air compressor in the bed of a ¾ ton GMC Pickup Truck, and then fully stocked the truck with hand tools, wrenches & sockets.Replaced an old, rusty tanker truck with a newer, rust-resistant model. This truck, which had been used as a fuel truck, is now used to haul water for the County’s road projects, and when needed, provide back-up to the local rural fire department.
18 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Jonah Special Utility District1995 Ford F-series tank truckReceived in March 2010BeforeThis is a great example of how our donees have transformed FSP property to meet their needs. The Jonah Water Special Utility District was pleased to receive this truck with very low mileage. After a paint job and some repairs, it is now used for sewer work. The tank in the front section holds 1,500 gallons of water, and the motor and pump are in the rear section.Jonah is in Central Texas, outside of Austin.In ProcessAfter
19 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Jonah Special Utility District1995 Chevy VanReceived in August 2011BeforeIn ProcessAfter
20 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of Clarendon Fire Department1984 AM General M-9235-ton diesel cargo truckAcquired from FSP in July 2010Clarendon is located in the Texas Panhandle, up by Amarillo.
21 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Reagan Wells Volunteer Fire Department, Uvalde County1982 Tanker TruckReceived in April 2011 from the USDA.Provides water to brush trucks when fighting firesUsed to transport water to residents during a droughtFSP has assisted fire departments and emergency personnel by providing equipment needed to fight the recent wildfires in TexasReagan Wells Volunteer Fire Department is located in northern Uvalde county in the Texas Hill Country. Since their area is remote, in the past, the VFD had to drive their brush trucks to the nearest river crossing for refills when fighting fires. In April 2011, the Reagan Wells VFD received a 1982 Tanker Truck from FSP. The truck’s 1,000 gallon tank now provides water for their brush trucks in fighting fires. Additionally, since many of the residents have shallow water wells, in times of drought, the tanker is used to transport water from the river to area residents.BeforeAfter
22 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Petrolia VFDPetrolia, TXBootleg VFDFriona, TXElm Creek Citizens Association VFDTuscola, TX980 North VFDHunstville, TX
23 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of TaylorPlayground equipment donated through FSP in December 2010Direct pick-up -> donee paid <2% of the original costThis playground set was acquired from the Department of Homeland Security-ICE Detention & Removal OperationsThis is a great example of the savings available through direct donee pick-ups:Savings passed on to donee because no freight cost to FSPOriginal government acquisition cost: $207,747.03Service charge paid by donee: $3,325.00Donee paid less than 2% of the original cost
24 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of ChirenoSeptic truck received in March 2011BeforeAfter
25 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Central Austin Youth League, Austin, TXConverted a military shelter to use as a concessions stand & storage facilityAllows the league to provide concessions to parents & fans while also raising money to support the league operations.The Central Austin Youth League is an example of a “Service Educational Activity.”It is a non-profit baseball & softball little league in Austin, TXConverted a military shelter to use as a concessions stand during the season, and as a secure storage building during the offseason. These type of shelters are equipped with water and electricity connections making it ideal for a concessions stand.Allows the league to provide concessions to parents & fans while also raising money to support the league operations.
26 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of HunstvilleMule & truck received in 2011
27 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of MagnoliaATV & Utility Vehicle donated January 2013
28 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated City of PharrObservation towerDonated September 2012
29 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated North East ISDSan Antonio, TXTravel trailer now used for JROTC Tactical Operations CenterBefore After
30 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TXPiper Aztec 250 AirplaneIn 2009, TFC helped facilitate the donation of a Piper Aztec 250 aircraft to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. The Piper was donated to the College’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Program. The Piper was in good enough condition to be flown to their location and they were thrilled to get it. The Piper was donated by Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Mobile, Alabama. It had previously been used in illegal drug activities and was confiscated by the government.Today, the Piper Aztec is used in virtually every one of Del Mar College’s 26 aviation maintenance technician training courses approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Piper assists students in learning about all aspects of aviation maintenance including Federal Aviation Regulations, ground operations, instruments, communications, and navigation.“The aircraft has an integral role and position in the education of future technicians in the aviation program. The Texas Federal Surplus Property Program is one of the best instruments for educational institutions to reclaim equipment and proved an outlet to reclaim taxpayer dollars. ”-Joseph Dudek, Aviation Maintenance Program Coordinator for Del Mar College
31 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Community Food Bank, Fort Worth, TXNon-profit food bank reopened on May 18, 2010 after an arson fire in“All of our equipment was burned and damaged; it was like starting all over...Our budget was low but the staff at the Federal Surplus Office worked with us on a weekly basis to get the necessary items we needed.The staff was most friendly and always followed up with our demands. Today we have two trucks, various tables, and all the necessary items needed to start up a food bank.When I say that we partner with the Federal Surplus, I mean they were the driving force in helping a nonprofit get back on its feet.”-Regina Taylor, Executive Director, Community Food Bank, May 2011FSP can meet a variety of needs. Our donations range from the everyday basics to highly specialized items to even fully equipping your organization after a disaster. FSP Staff is there to assist your organization to get what you need. With the help of items donated through FSP, the non-profit Community Food Bank in Fort Worth Texas reopened its doors on May 18, 2010 after an arson fire in 2006.
32 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Trident Research26’ Sea Ark Boat w/ TrailerReceived in July 2012Originally from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
33 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas, Huntsville, TXReceived various military equipment from Dept. of Defense to use for outdoor museum displays including:Cargo TruckGamma Goat off-road vehicleHuey HelicopterCobra Gun Ship HelicopterThe major displays outside of the Museum came from the FSP Program, including a Cargo Truck, Gama Goat Off-Road Vehicle, Huey Helicopter and Cobra Gun Ship Helicopter. A class of elementary school students who visited the museum were able to get a close look inside the Huey Helicopter. Richie Harris, Board President HEARTS Museum, reports that the outside displays have helped their new museum a great deal by pulling in visitors from nearby IH-45.
34 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated The National Vietnam War Museum, Mineral Wells, TXOpened a new Visitor Center in May 2011 using a double-wide mobile home obtained through FSPPreviously used at President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, TX to house the White House staff.It had been outfitted with numerous electrical outlets, and bedrooms had been converted to communications room. Even after the permanent Visitor Center is built and the building finds another use, the museum plans on keeping it as a historic artifact“I’m sure you can appreciate what this facility means to our project. Since we do not have funding to build our main museum building, this space allows us to display exhibits just as we would in the main building only on a smaller scale. I hope this (letter) demonstrates how much we need and appreciate your program.”– Jim Messinger, Treasurer of the National Vietnam War MuseumThe Museum is a work in progress. According to the museum website, “The National Vietnam War Museum project formally began in 1998 to “develop a national venue that would create an atmosphere of learning about the Vietnam War era, and engage people of all ages, nationalities, and political points of view.” The project is still very much in the development phases. It will be situated on a twelve-acre site in western Parker County, Texas, just east of the city of Mineral Wells, approximately 40 minutes west of Fort Worth.Today, the Visitor Center now contains a handicapped accessible bathroom, two office, two storage rooms, a reception area to greet visitors, a meeting area, and a 300 square foot gallery to showcase may of their artifacts.
35 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated The National Vietnam War Museum, Mineral Wells, TXSummer 2010 – Museum staff used a forklift, maintenance truck, and 5-ton tractor obtained through FSP to help the community of Mineral Wells to repair the arch at the entrance of Fort Wolters.Items obtained through FSP also have assisted in community projects, such as the restoration of the arch at the entrance of Fort Wolters. The Fort was closed in 1973 and the city has turned it into an industrial park. The sign at the entrance had fallen into disrepair and the community decided to clean it up, and with the city’s permission, restore it to its 1967 look.The picture on the left shows the arch before the restoration project began. In the summer of 2010, a group of community volunteers, including museum staff, organized to restore the entrance. First, the arch was taken down using a truck and forklift obtained from FSP. Then, using a low bed trailer pulled by a 5-ton tractor also obtained from FSP, the arch was then transported to the museum site to be painted.The picture on the right shows the finished arch. According to Jim Messinger, Treasurer of the National Vietnam War Museum, “the project could have been completed without us, but the cost would have been doubled or tripled if we had hired others to do the work that we accomplished as volunteers. Of course, we could have been unable to help the community without the equipment (FSP) was able to provide us.”
37 Success Stories: Examples of Property Donated Texas Air & Space Museum, Amarillo, TXNASA space shuttle training aircraftOnce flown by Amarillo native Rick Husband who was one of the seven astronauts that died February 1, 2003 in the Space Shuttle Columbia"To have a part of that program, not just a part of that program but part of the NASA program but to have a part of the program that's tied to Rick Husband. It's, to us, it's somewhat undescribable. It's a really, really big thing for us.”- President of the Texas Air and Space Museum, Ron Fernuik.In September 2011 – TXFSP facilitated the donation of the NASA space shuttle training aircraft, once flown by Amarillo native Rick Husband who was one of the seven astronauts that died February 1, 2003 when space shuttle Columbia broke up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere.“Exceptional Jim! We have been covered up with media and civic attention here, unbelievable…Thank you seems quite inadequate.” Ron Fernuik, President of the Texas Air & Space Museum in an to Jim Virdell, the FSP staff member who assisted with the transfer.Some children from Whittier Elementary toured the aircraft in September 2011.
38 Warehouse Locations Unable to find what you are looking for? Donee requests are encouraged!Contact the Warehouse closest to you:Fort WorthAustinSan AntonioThe Texas Facilities Commission is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADA). If you need a reasonable accommodation while visiting our warehouses, please contact FSP.
39 Warehouse Locations Ft. Worth San Antonio Austin 2826 N. Beach Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 78611Open Monday-Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00 PMManager: Toby Marks, (817)Primarily Federal Property. Not open to public.San Antonio2103 Ackerman Road, San Antonio, TX, 78219Manager: Kena Quinn, (210)Austin6506 Bolm Road, Austin, TexasOpen Monday-Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30 PMPrimarily State Property. Open to public.State Property & Storefront: (512)Federal Property: Jim Virdell, (512)
40 Tips for using FSP Program Keep your contact information up-to-date (especially addresses!)Spread the word within your organization AND community - schools, nonprofits, ESDs & fire departmentsCheck the TFC website regularly for new propertyKeep in touch with the warehouse staffSubmit requests to the warehouse closest to youTake advantage of direct pick-ups