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Federal Surplus Property Program

NCJ Number
M.A. Berry
Date Published
August 2012
2 pages
This fact Sheet describes the application process and answers frequently asked questions about the Federal Surplus Property Program.
As a component of the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) receives and reviews the applications submitted for surplus property in order to determine whether the use proposed by the State or unit of local government meets the requirements of the statute for correctional facilities or law enforcement use, as well as the environmental impact of the proposed transfer has been properly assessed under the National Environmental Policy Act. BJA sends its determination to the agency (General Services Administration [GSA] or the U.S. Department of Defense [DOD]) holding the deed to the surplus property to consider a no-cost conveyance of that property. Properties available under the Federal Surplus Property Program are in two categories. One category is entitled Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Buildings and Land. This category pertains to military installations of the U.S. Armed Forces that have been identified as under-used and are being closed to reduce DOD's operations and maintenance costs. GSA has given DOD the authority to convey the deeds for BRAC properties. The second category of property is entitled Non-BRAC Buildings and Land. This refers to Federal buildings and land not affected by BRAC that have been identified as surplus by GSA. For a list of the properties available, visit the GSA Web site: https://extportal.pbs.gsa.gov/ResourceCenter/content/home.do.