Defense Surplus Equipment Disposal: Background Information [October 6, 2010]   [open pdf - 113KB]

"The Department of Defense (DOD) through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) component called DLA Disposition Services [formerly the Defense Utilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)] has a policy for disposing of government equipment and supplies considered surplus or deemed unnecessary, or excess, to the agency's currently designated mission. DLA Disposition Services is responsible for property reuse (including resale), precious metal recovery, recycling, hazardous property disposal, and the demilitarization of military equipment. The effort to dispose of surplus military equipment dates back to the end of World War II when the Federal government sought to reduce a massive inventory of surplus military equipment by making such equipment available to civilians. (Note: disposal of surplus real property, including land, buildings, commercial facilities, and equipment situated thereon, is assigned to the General Services Administration's Office of Property Disposal.) On September 22, 2010, DLA published a pre-solicitation notice, to be reissued as a Request for Proposal (RFP) after October 1, 2010, for the contract to manage the receipt, storage, marketing, and disposition of all excess property, including the reutilization, transfer, and donation of useable surplus property generated by DOD installations throughout the United States. The RFP will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, http://www.fbodaily.com."

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