Government Contracts Final FAR Rule Addresses Excess Personal Property
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Final FAR Rule Addresses Excess Personal Property

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The final rule associated with FAR Case 2019-019 updates internal government procedures related to excess personal property and removes obsolete requirements. FAR 2.101 defines “excess personal property” as any personal property under the control of a federal agency that the agency head determines is not required for its needs or for the discharge of its responsibilities. Excess personal property is a mandatory source of supply for federal agencies (see FAR 8.002). Agencies are required to satisfy their requirements for supplies from the excess personal property of other agencies, when practicable, before initiating a contract action. This rule updates FAR guidance on obtaining information about available excess personal property to reflect the current processes and sources established by the General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Personal Property Management, which helps agencies dispose of personal property that is no longer needed and acquire excess personal property. Specifically, this rule removes, from FAR 8.102, FAR 8.103, and FAR 8.104, references to catalogs and bulletins issued by GSA, the use of a discontinued GSA form, and the ability to the examine reports and samples of excess personal property in GSA.

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