Title 41 Code of Federal Regulations Part 102-36, “Disposition of Excess Personal Property,” requires the federal government to reuse equipment and tools by donating excess personal property, selling surplus personal property, or disposing of personal property that no longer has any value because of conditions beyond repair. The effective disposal of government personal property is one of the most important phases in the Federal Personal Property Management Program.
The Computers for Learning Program (one program within the Federal Personal Property Management Program) places computers in classrooms and prepares children to contribute and compete in the 21st century. Under the authority of Executive Order 12999 “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century,” federal agencies are to give the highest preference to schools and nonprofit organizations when transferring educationally useful federal equipment.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) recently upgraded its existing computer equipment to laptops with docking stations and, therefore, had excess computers and related peripheral tools on hand. LM donated 71 desktop computers, 10 flat-screen monitors, 71 cables, power cords, and keyboards to the Hopi Indian Reservation on April 29, 2013. The donation was valued at over $81,100. The computers were delivered to the First Mesa Elementary School in Polacca, Arizona.