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Department of Veterans Affairs

Purchasing and Agency Surplus

Maintain an agency surplus for office supplies and equipment that offices can use to meet their needs. Likewise, offices can add to that surplus every 6 months, by combing through their own supplies and equipment which is not used.


I'm the purchasing agent and equipment inventory coordinator for my office. We have less than 150 employees who make little effort to request items which would save any money to the Government. We recently moved offices and turned in office supplies worth more than $200,000. We also turned in equipment and furniture worth three times as much. These items had been sitting around our office for years with no apparent use. Employees would create their own personal supplies storage, and those supplies would remain unused. These supplies could have been used by other office members, or by other people in our agency.


By the way, the supplies and furniture were thrown away, and by the way they handled the equipment when they were picking it up, I'm sure it was thrown away too.



Idea No. 2117