Federal Surplus Property Transfer Program

To facilitate the possible no cost conveyance, by the General Services Administration, to State and local governments, of surplus real and related personal property determined by the Attorney General to be required for correctional facility use, under programs or projects for the care or rehabilitation
of criminal offenders, and for law enforcement purposes.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Office - General Services Administration: www.propertydisposal.gsa.gov.

Office of Economic Adjustment: http://www.defenselink.mil/brac/.

Program Accomplishments

Twenty-seven properties have been conveyed to State and/or to local government entities for correctional purposes and seven have been conveyed for law enforcement purposes. A total of 40 determinations by the Assistant Attorney General have been made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Deed of Conveyance.

The Deed of Conveyance of any surplus real and related personal property disposed of under this program - (1) shall provide that all of the property be used and maintained for the purpose for which it was conveyed in perpetuity, and that if the property ceases to be used or maintained for that purpose, all or any portion of the property shall, in its then existing condition, at the option of the Government, revert to the Government; and (2) may contain additional terms, reservations, restrictions, and conditions that the Administrator determines are necessary to safeguard the interests of the Government.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments, and political subdivision or instrumentality of State governments.

Under this program, the term "State" is defined by 40 U.S.C.

Section 553(a) to include the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, The Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, local and territorial governments, that are engaged in activities to control or reduce crime and juvenile delinquency or the enforcement of criminal law or the care or rehabilitation of criminal offenders.


DOJ/OJP/BJA application for a correctional facility use or law enforcement purpose determination.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Notify BJA and GSA or DOD by letter, of the State's interest in an identified property.

This program requires coverage under E.O.

12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.

Applicants interested in applying for property under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) must consult with their designated Local Redevelopment Authority for the community's plan for economic recovery.

A list of the recognized LRAs can be viewed at: http://www.oea.gov/OEAWeb.nsf/Home?OpenForm.

Application Procedures

Submission of a completed DOJ/OJP/BJA application kit, including environmental information.

Award Procedures

(1) Applicant must be a State or local governmental entity; (2) applicant must propose a correctional facility use or law enforcement purpose consistent with the requirements set forth in 40 U.S.C. Section 553(b)(1) and (2).




Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, and codified at 40 U.S.C. Section 553(b)(1)(2). Property for correctional facility, law enforcement, and emergency management response purposes.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Under 40 U.S.C.

Section 553(e), the Administrator of the General Services Administration determines and enforces compliance with the terms contained in the instrument by which the transfer or conveyance is made.


Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.



Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

General Services Administration: www.propertydisposal.gsa.gov. Office of Economic Adjustment: http://www.defenselink.mil/brac/.

Headquarters Office

Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20531. Contact: M. Berry, Senior Project Manager, Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Applicant must be a governmental entity; (2) Applicant must use property for viable program for the care and/or rehabilitation of criminal offenders; (3) The General Services Administration determines that a correctional purpose is the highest and best use for the applied for property.

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