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Surplus Property

Admin Surplus Services assists state organizations in the redistribution of surplus public assets in a responsible fashion for the fiscal and environmental benefit of Minnesota. Admin guides the reuse of both federal and state surplus property by state agencies, political subdivisions and eligible donees. 

Methods of reuse and disposal include: 

  • Transfer between state agencies and local units of government
  • Sealed bid sale
  • Negotiated sale
  • Public Auctions
  • Consignment and donation to Admin


Admin acquires and distributes many types of items, including office supplies and furniture, medical supplies and equipment, clothing, a wide range of vehicles, machine tools, hardware and electrical supplies and more. These items are made available to eligible organizations for a nominal service charge, helping customers realize incredible savings. Admin also operates the state auction program, conducting live and online auctions which serve the public and return revenue to state government. Approximately 92 percent of auction proceeds are returned to owner agencies. 

Additionally, Admin provides the following services:

  • Materials Handling - Delivery and inventory of stored items and receipt of agency surplus property for consignment or donation to Admin Surplus Services
  • Storage Space Leasing - Indoor storage is available to state and local government agencies for $5.65 per annual square foot. The charge for outdoor storage space is $25.00 per vehicle per month.
  • Purchasing of used Federal vehicles from the United States General Services Administration (GSA) for redistribution to eligible organizations 


State Property

Admin assists Minnesota state agencies in the transfer, donation, and other environmentally-responsible disposal of assets and other personal property no longer needed for state use, using a variety of methods.

Federal Property

Admin administers the Federal Surplus Property Program in Minnesota. Government agencies and other eligible organizations may be able to acquire federal property for official use.

Auctions

Admin operates the state auction program, conducting live and online auctions that serve the public throughout the year.

Surplus Exchange

The Surplus Property Exchange Program provides a common forum for state agencies and political subdivisions for reusing surplus state property. View items available from other state agencies and submit items for posting on the exchange.

MinnBid

The Official Online Auction site for the State of Minnesota is MinnBid.org. Check out the items available for bid today.

Resources

Forms, policies, and user guide for use by state agencies when receiving, inventorying, managing and disposing of state property.

Eligibility

Eligibility to obtain some surplus property is limited to public agencies, certain non-profit organizations and small businesses, and others.

Contact

If you have questions about surplus property or state auctions, contacts for Admin's Surplus Services team are listed on the Contact Us page.