The AID Excess Property Program Should Be Simplified

ID-80-32: Published: Jul 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1980.

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The Agency for International Development (AID) Excess Property Program was intended to use excess property instead of new property in AID-funded projects whenever possible. However, the program is not presently directed toward that end.

Though the program is not presently accomplishing the primary purpose intended by Congress, GAO found that excess property can be used under some circumstances in U.S. foreign assistance. The current use of non-excess property by AID is not the intent of the law. GAO believes that the effort required to redirect the advance acquisition program would be greater than the benefits that would be derived. The General Services Administration's (GSA) implementation of public law has caused voluntary agencies and other recipients to receive less excess property. These agencies will receive an even smaller amount of property if use of non-excess property by AID is reduced.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should terminate the authority of the Administrator of AID to operate the advance acquisition segment of the excess property program. This would include abolishing its revolving fund, liquidating the program's inventory, and returning all funds to the U.S. Treasury.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Administrator of AID should continue to use excess property otherwise available to AID by developing: (1) procedures to satisfy AID-assisted programs and project needs, where practicable, through the GSA allocation system and from holding agencies; and (2) an education program to encourage mission personnel to use excess property. Until such time as Congress decides to implement the GAO recommendations or take other appropriate actions, the Administrator of AID should discontinue using the revolving fund to obtain non-excess property except to complement excess property.

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