Dispose of Equipment
Equipment is inactivated in the central inventory database for the following reasons: theft or casualty losses, sent to surplus property, authorized cannibalization, or not found during the applicable inventory cycle. Procedures for inactivating equipment are detailed below.
Theft or Casualty Loss
Equipment will be inactivated in the inventory records due to theft or casualty incidents.
- Department must:
- The Police Department and the Office of Risk Management investigate the incident and file insurance claims as appropriate.
- The Financial Reporting Office inactivates the equipment in the database after receiving the form.
- Financial Reporting cannot remove items from the database until the incident has been reported to and processed by the Office of Risk Management and/or University Police.
- ETF items meeting the threshold must be replaced.
Reusable equipment and furniture is stored at the warehouse and available to be redistributed to any Mason department. Department personnel may view and acquire surplus equipment and furniture from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Note: Students are not authorized to obtain equipment and furniture and must be accompanied by department personnel to acquire surplus items.
Obtain Items from Surplus Property
- Complete the Interdepartmental Equipment Transfer Form for surplus equipment that possesses barcodes.
- If a barcoded item is taken out of surplus, then it will be added to the department inventory.
- Surplus personnel will deliver the requested items, typically within five working days unless a specific delivery date is requested.
- Surplus items may be put on reserve for a total of five consecutive days, after which they will be made available to other departments.
Declare Items for Surplus
The Department is responsible for submitting a Workflow instance as outlined below
For Workflow/Electronic Submissions
- Download Equipment Surplus Excel Form. Enter your equipment data and save the file.
- Log in to Banner Workflow.
- Initiate a workflow instance. Under User Profile on the left menu, go to “My Processes,” then click “FIN_Equipment Surplus Processing.” Use the following format for the Workflow Specifics Name: ES-[Mesa login]-[Department Name]-[Date in YYMMDD] (ex. ES-GMASON-FISCAL SERVICES-150224). Select “Start Workflow.” You will see “The workflow was started successfully.” Select “Ok.”
- Refresh the Worklist by clicking “Worklist” on the left menu (you might have to click on “worklist” a couple of times before you see your instance). Once your Workflow instance appears, click on it and fill out the online form.
- Select “Attach” at the bottom of the form. On the “Attach File” Screen, click “Browse” and find your saved Surplus Excel form. Select the radio button beside “EquipmentSurplusForm” and select “Attach.”
- Select “Complete.” You should receive an e-mail from the Workflow system that says “Your Equipment Surplus form has been successfully submitted.” If you receive an error message, contact email@example.com for assistance.
The Surplus Property Staff will:
- Arrange to have all surplus equipment removed in a timely manner, typically within five business days.
- Process all barcodes into the surplus database and keep a file of original forms.
- Communicates any changes to Fixed Assets.
Surplus Auction Procedures
Surplus equipment that is stored at the warehouse may be auctioned off through GovDeals.
- To view Mason sales from GovDeals:
- Go to GovDeals website.
- Click on Advanced Search.
- Navigate to state and click on Virginia.
- Proceed to seller’s name and click on George Mason University.
- Bidding on surplus equipment is available to Mason employees as well as the public after registering with GovDeals.
Note: It may take one to two business days for registration to be completed. To expedite registration, you may call the GovDeals Help Desk at 800-613-0516.
- The majority of Mason items for auction are listed for seven consecutive days. Please visit the GovDeals website for more information.
- All Mason surplus sales are made on a competitive bid. No individual sales are permitted.
As a general rule, cannibalization is permitted for the purpose of repairing a similar damaged piece of equipment, when the damaged item is so old that spare parts would be difficult to obtain.
Required Process before cannibalizing equipment with a book value of $5,000 or more is performed:
- Departments must:
- Contact Financial Reporting to have the equipment inspected and certified for cannibalization.
- Complete a Request for Authority to Cannibalize Equipment Form with appropriate signatures.
- Forward the form to the Financial Reporting Office.
Equipment Not Found During Inventory
Equipment will be removed from the university inventory records if a department is unable to locate the equipment after applying a good faith effort during the annual physical inventory. Fixed Assets will inactivate the missing equipment in the TraQ database, code it as disposed with a disposal code of X-Not Found During Inventory and, if a capitalized item, treat it as a deletion for financial statement purposes. The missing equipment will no longer be reported on the inventory list distributed to the department. If the equipment is found within the current fiscal year, Fixed Assets will re-activate the item in the TraQ database. The item status of any equipment scanned during the annual inventory that has been disposed of in the database in a previous fiscal year will be updated to “ActiveD,” noting that it was previously disposed but remains on campus.
Departments are prohibited from abandoning equipment (e.g., throwing it in the trash, leaving it in hallways, etc.). Equipment beyond repair or obsolete beyond usage must be processed as surplus
- Equipment Loss Form
- Request for Authority to Cannibalize Equipment Form
- Equipment Surplus Excel Form (for Workflow/Electronic submission)
- Equipment Surplus - Initiator Quick Reference (for Workflow/Electronic submission)
- Equipment Surplus - Initiator User Guide (for Workflow/Electronic submission)