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To the Customers of the Bureau of Supplies and Surplus:

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, the Governor has issued an order requiring the closing of all Commonwealth Offices through June 5, 2020.   

Please be advised that the Bureau of Supplies and Surplus is suspending its operations during that time. 

This closure affects the following programs:

Federal Surplus and Law Enforcement Property Programs – Law Enforcement 1033 and 1122 programs, Federal Surplus Property Donation Program, and the TSA Auction Program offered through GovDeals – will suspend operations effective COB Tuesday 03/17/2020.  

State Surplus Division – including auctions available on GovDeals and GovPlanet – will suspend operations effective COB Tuesday 03/17/2020.  The Division will be available for emergency agency to agency transfers.

The Recycling Division and its employees will remain engaged collecting Commonwealth building recycling.

The Warehouse and Distribution Division and its employees will continue to complete Division operations to meet the needs of its stakeholders.

We will be working hard to do everything we can to serve our customers upon our return. 

Emergency requests for assistance should be sent via email to:

Thank you for your understanding, your patience, your business, and most of all, your support, as we work through this unprecedented time to ensure that the safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority.    

Surplus, Supplies & Equipment

State Surplus Property Program
The DGS State Surplus Property Program offers state-owned office furniture, equipment, and supplies for sale to the general public through our distribution center in Harrisburg, special sales held periodically throughout the state or online auctions.  We also offer private online sales for municipalities to purchase heavy equipment and manage the Commonwealth's recycling program. 

Federal Surplus Property Program
The Federal Surplus Property Program offers a variety of property to municipalities, school districts, fire and police departments, and certain non-profit organizations.  Property is donated to eligible entities directly from the federal government for a small service charge.  If the property is not on-hand, the Federal Surplus Property Program staff will try to locate equipment.

Federal Fixed Price Vehicle Program
The Federal Fixed Price Vehicle Program offers low-mileage, late-model General Services Administration fleet vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans, alternative fuel vehicles, dump trucks, ambulances and fire trucks for resale to eligible entities.

Law Enforcement 1033 Excess Property Program
The 1033 Excess Property Program offers law enforcement equipment directly from the Department of Defense.  Equipment available includes body armor, vehicles, computers, weapons, boats, aircraft, night vision equipment and much more.  Eligible law enforcement agencies can purchase this previously used equipment at a lower cost. Participants pay an annual fee or incur a minimal service charge to cover the costs of administering the program.

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Federal law limits eligible participants to law enforcement entities, whose primary function is the enforcement of applicable federal, state and local law; and whose compensated law enforcement officers have the powers of arrest and apprehension.

Examples of qualifying organizations are:

  • Police departments

  • Drug task forces

  • County agencies

  • "Special Rescue Team”

  • Some campus police departments

1033 Excess Law Enforcement Property Program Application


​Online Inventory: To obtain access to online inventory, please contact our Law Enforcement Program Coordinator at (717) 787-6197.

Military Bases: Some excess property may be physically viewed at various military bases.  Due to base restrictions, please contact our Law Enforcement Program Coordinator at (717) 787-6197 to arrange a specific time to visit. 

Service Charge

​No per item service charge. Annual fee based on the number of officers in the agency.


Submit a list of requested items needed for law enforcement activities. Our property agents will search for your items, request them from the federal government, and send a notification when the items are ready for pick-up.


1033 Property Request Form

Program Regulations

​Know the regulations that govern excess property: 

  • Excess property must be placed into use within 12 months from the date of its acquisition

  • Excess property must be used for a minimum 12-month period from the date it is placed into use

  • Serviceable equipment may not be acquired for parts

  • Excess equipment and supplies are restricted to organizational use only.  No personal use of the excess property is permitted.

  • Excess property may not be obtained for sale, lease, rent, exchange, barter, to secure a loan or to otherwise supplement normal law enforcement agency budgets.

  • Preference shall be given to all requests for property that is to be used for counterdrug and counterterrorism requirements

  • Stockpiling equipment for future use is prohibited

  • Equipment requiring demilitarization (weapons, gas masks, helmets, body armor, night vision devices) must be returned to the Federal Government when no longer needed by the law enforcement agency.

  • Helicopters and airplanes do not need to be returned when no longer required by the agency, provided that they are properly maintained.

  • There is no warranty, stated or implied, on any item.      

Law Enforcement 1122 New Property Program
The 1122 New Property Program allows eligible entities to leverage federal government contract pricing to acquire new equipment and supplies.  Available to counterdrug, emergency response and homeland security law enforcement agencies, this federal cooperative purchasing program provides access to contracts for police and security devices, computers pursuit vehicles, command centers, communications gear, back-up generators, uniforms and much more.

Through the 1122 New Property Program, eligible entities are able to take advantage of the discounted pricing that the federal government receives because of their purchasing power. Federal contracts can be used as a tool of comparison, with the prices serving as a benchmark for comparison with independent bids or negotiating. Federal contracts can save you time and money since they have already been through the bid process. 
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​Eligible “units of local or state government” are “any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village or other general purpose political subdivision of states, and Indian tribes, which perform law enforcement or emergency response functions. These groups can purchase new equipment suitable for counter-drug, emergency response and homeland security activities.  Fire departments, EMS and other first responders are eligible to participate, as well as infrastructures that support them.

First responders plus emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. The emergency responder community consists not just of fire, law enforcement, and the medical immediate responders to an accident or emergency situation, but also to the infrastructure that supports them and other emergency response organizations.

Property may also be obtained for disaster recovery or preparation.  Property can only be obtained through the State Point of Contact at 717.787.6179.

Online Application


​Items are available through the Army, DLA, and GSA resources as provided below:

Please contact our Surplus Property Agent for more detailed listings of what is available and conditions of requests. 717.787.6197

Representative items available through federal contract include:

  • Vehicles

  • Installation, maintenance, repair service and repair parts/spare parts for IT equipment

  • Law enforcement and security equipment test administration

  • Power distribution equipment

  • Radio and telecommunications equipment and cables

  • Generators and batteries 

  • Instructor-led training

  • Park and outdoor recreation equipment

  • Software 

  • Professional communications equipment

  • Training courses for IT equipment

  • Photographic equipment

  • Office products and services

  • Video supplies and services

  • New technology products

  • Training aids and devices

  • Course development

  • Marine craft and equipment

  • General purpose commercial IT equipment software and services including computer and computer-related equipment.

Service Charge

​The service charge is 4 percent of the purchase price or $500, whichever is less, for purchases with a value up to $50,000; $750 for purchases valued above $50,000 but less than $100,000; and $1,000 for purchases valued at $100,000 or greater.


​To submit a list of items your organization needs, please fill out the Request Form.

TSA Surplus Property Program
The TSA Surplus Property Program makes available property voluntarily abandoned by passengers such as pocket knives, corkscrews, sports items, and tools, as well as lost and found a property such as glasses, clothing, canes, etc.  These items are available for sale online at Opens In A New WindowOpens In A New Window

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