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Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) is a program to distribute Federal property originally purchased for use by a Federal agency, but no longer needed by that entity. It is then acquired by the USDA Forest Service for loan to one of the 50 States or the Territories for use in the State’s rural or wildland fire protection program. It stays in service to America, protecting lives and property across the nation. In this case, personal refers to any tangible property that is not real estate.

State forestry agencies may acquire hardware this way on indefinite loan. Authorizing legislation includes the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, and the Organic Act.

Most of this equipment is recycled military equipment. Some of it originates in the Forest Service itself, and some from other land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management.


References:

Website: Federal Excess Personal Property (http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/planning/fepp/)

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