The "Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) Program" is designed to re-utilize items purchased by federal entities. Through congressional legislation, all federal agencies and military bases disposing of unneeded items must first make them available for reutilization. A common misperception is that the property received is a donation to research and extension programs. In contrast, all items from the program are actually transferred to (and on-loan from) the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). None of the equipment or supplies received is owned by the University.
The most important priority of the FEPP is to acquire and put into use items that present a direct cost-savings to the research and extension appropriations of Oregon State University. The acquisition of items which provide general enhancement or improvements is a secondary goal.
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station
End User - Researchers and Station Service Personnel
Property Custodian- Individual Department or Station Coordinator
APO- Accountable Property Officer (APO); serves as the liaison with the FEPP Coordinator.
Vehicles, heavy equipment, farm equipment, office furniture, lab equipment, tools and various consumable supplies are among the types of property received. Almost every department and unit within the College of Agricultural Sciences utilizes equipment and supplies acquired from the program to assist in carrying out their mission.
Only FEPP property that is 'free' is eligible for OSU acquisition. Property requiring payment or fair market value is not available to OSU through the FEPP program.
The only expense to acquire property is transportation costs.