Texas Universites Surplus

From: Joe <rigdonj_at_intellistar.net>
Date: Mon Jun 19 17:57:17 2000

At 06:06 PM 6/12/00 -0400, Pat wrote:
>Another snag you might run into is the problem with funding agencies.
>When I was at Carnegie-Mellon, I worked on a DoD-sponsored research
>project. We never surplussed *anything*, and we never threw anything
>away (at least, in the 2.5 years that I was there). The reason was, that
>our funding agency (who had paid for all of our hardware) required that,
>if we wanted to surplus something, we had to first go through a process to
>put it on a list to offer it to other government agencies. Only after the
>equipment had been on this list for several months, with no interest from
>any other agencies, could we dispose of it. We were told at the time that
>the estimated time from deciding to surplus something, until we were
>actually permitted to do so (assuming that it was not snapped up by
>another agency in the meantime), was at least 12 months.

   I'd say that if they can surplus an item in only 12 months then they're
doing extremely well. I see lots of surplus computers and test equipment
and ALL of it has been in storage for at least 5 five years. Some of them
have been in storage for over 10 years. For example, I just picked up two
HP 9825s. Both of them have tags stating that they were removed from
operation in 1995 and that they must be recalibrated or tested before being
returned to service.

Received on Mon Jun 19 2000 - 17:57:17 BST

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