Surplus Property Program

​​​​​​​As a good steward of public funds, the Bureau promotes the reuse of state property and the acquisition of surplus federal property. The state has developed policies on the disposal of state property. For policy information on the disposal surplus property go to PRO-416. For information on vehicle disposal, agencies should contact their Fleet Manager.

Note: These programs do not include real property.

State Surplus Property

Each year, state agencies and campuses dispose of surplus property ranging from desks to vehicles. By policy, agencies and campuses make surplus property available to other programs within their agency or campus, then to other agencies, then to municipalities, and to the public through a number of venues:

1. Surplus Stores are on 6 campuses:

2. Surplus property is also available online.

​The UW Madison surplus store (SWAP) also offers an online auction. The state has a contract for online auctions with GovDeals. There are also some private online auction sites that dispose of state property.

3. Surplus vehicles are now made available exclusively online.

Federal Surplus Property Program

Click this link ​for more information on the Federal Surplus Property Program, including learning how you can determine if your organization is eligible.

Federal surplus property is made available to state agencies and campuses, municipalities, and other eligible organizations. Available items may include boats, aircraft, construction equipment, electronics, furniture, vehicles, and any other property utilized by the Federal government. Eligible Wisconsin organizations, including state agencies and campuses, pay for the cost of transportation and some administrative costs, but do not pay for the items.

This program is not open for individuals. The public can purchase directly from GSA (the Federal government's General Services Administration). Go to for more information.