GAO's Second Biennial Report on the Transfers of Federal Personal Property to Grantees and Other Eligible Organizations

PLRD-83-66: Published: Jul 13, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 1983.

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GAO conducted its second biennial review on the transfers of federal personal property to grantees and other eligible organizations.

GAO found that the public law which governs excess and surplus federal property is being appropriately administered and that the General Services Administration (GSA) has improved the federal agencies' oversight of transfers to non-federal organizations. GAO also found that the various federal agencies are pursuing actions to implement the recommendations contained in its 1980 report.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GSA has agreed to defer action on the reporting requirement until the data system has been improved.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should defer action regarding termination of the reporting requirement of section 202(e) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, until such time as the new computer system has been proven to produce complete and accurate data on transfers of excess property to non-federal organizations.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should continue to emphasize to the state agencies that participation in the Donation Program is dependent on their compliance with the act's requirement for submitting permanent state plans of operation, having external audits performed, and establishing adequate accountability systems. If all of the state agencies do not submit permanent state plans of operation by the GSA established deadline, the Administrator should report to the appropriate congressional committees on the actions that will be taken in cases of noncompliance.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Administrator of General Services should resolve the inconsistency between the California State Agency's financial records and the financial matters contained in the audit report of the California Department of Finance and determine if the increase in service charges granted was appropriate and should be allowed to remain in effect.

    Agency Affected: General Services Administration

 

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