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Excess Property Aids Public Safety

NCJ Number
Date Published
May 2009
3 pages
As State and local public safety budgets are being cut back, the Federal Government's 1033 and 1122 programs can help public safety agencies obtain equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Through the U.S. Department of Defense, the 1033 Program provides equipment no longer needed ("excess property") to State, local, and Federal law enforcement free; however, agencies can incur some cost under the program. Each State has a coordinator to operate the State program, and each State operates its 1033 program differently. Approximately 25 percent of States and U.S. territories charge an administrative fee; and the agency receiving the item is responsible for transporting it. The 1033 is open to all law enforcement programs, with priority given to agencies that need equipment for counterdrug or counterterrorism activities. Corrections agencies' use of the program is limited to obtaining equipment for the law enforcement-type functions of a corrections agency, such as probation and parole activities and fugitive squads. During fiscal year 2007, approximately $81 million worth of equipment was transferred to agencies under the 1033 Program. The 1122 Program is a purchase program that allows State and local governments to buy equipment from the Department of the Army, the General Service Administration, and the Defense Logistics Agency at government costs. In the past, only law enforcement agencies could participate in the 1122 Program, and the equipment could only be used for counterdrug activities. The program has been expanded, however, to include the purchase of equipment for homeland security and emergency response activities. Also, participation has been expanded to include State and local governments, which should include fire departments, emergency medical services, and other government agencies. These changes are currently being incorporated into the 1122 Program.
Date Published: May 1, 2009