Limited Excess Property Program

As of November 2018, the next call for the LEPP application is currently on hold while we are working to introduce Do-No-Harm and Environmental Compliance principles to LEPP. All LEPP application documents and guidelines will be posted on the LEPP website once they are finalized.

The Limited Excess Property Program provides Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) access to federal surplus property to support their humanitarian and development projects abroad. Federal surplus property is made available through the General Services Administration (GSA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services' excess property programs. LEPP utilizes an innovative model of recovery and reuse to support a variety of development projects that promote sustainability in developing countries. 

OVERVIEW

Since its inception in 1987, USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program has leveraged more than half a billion dollars’ worth of federal surplus property. This property builds and strengthens the capacity of PVOs and their international partners in over thirty countries. LEPP partners have used federal surplus equipment and supplies to outfit hospitals, clinics, group homes, infant feeding centers, vocational facilities and schools. In doing so, partners have augmented the impact of their development projects in the communities they serve. Furthermore, USAID Missions have utilized property acquired through LEPP for disaster response, capacity development, and to support local programs.

2017 Excess property totals by region: Europe 3.3% $1,731,798, Asia 22% 11,387,895, Africa 14.7% 7,813,680, Latin America Caribbean 60% 30,984,134. Total 51,717,448

ANNUAL REPORTING AND LEPP IMPACT

In FY 2017, LEPP Transferred over $51 million worth of surplus property to a diverse group of PVOs to augment their humanitarian aid, development, and disaster relief programs overseas. This is a 26% increase in the transfer of surplus property since FY 2016 and a 57% increase from FY 2015. Furthermore, property valued at $819,358 was transferred to aid Eastern/Southern Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricane Irma. 

 

To transfer the surplus federal property, LEPP collaborated with 35 U.S. Missions and three U.S. Embassies to support humanitarian and development projects abroad. LEPP PVOs strategically acquired property based on need and availability through hundreds of GSA and DLA property holding locations. Although the humanitarian aid and development projects vary greatly in size, the impact of the surplus property is very significant. For example, ophthalmology and orthopedic equipment transferred through LEPP are used to perform free surgeries to correct medical conditions such as cataracts, crossed eyes, cleft lip and palate, post-polio syndrome and club feet in the Philippines. Over 4,600 patients received free care in 2017 alone. Approximately, 2,700 computer units donated through LEPP were distributed amongst 130 schools, training centers, and rural communities in El Salvador, building computing skills of 6,360 children from pre-school to ninth grade in 2017. Diesel engine generators, freezers, tents, blankets, beds, cots, sheets, and everyday utensils accessed through LEPP were transferred to Antigua, Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia to aid communities affected by the recent natural disasters and humanitarian crisis. Moreover, tents, generators, and portable medical equipment acquired through LEPP are used in mobile health centers that offer flexible and viable options for treating isolated and vulnerable communities in rural, mountainous and remote areas in Guatemala. 

LEPP APPLICATION PROCESS

Please Note: In order to apply to the Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP), an organization must meet USAID's Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) self-certification criteria.  Starting in September 2017, organizations applying to LEPP must complete and submit a PVO self-certification form as part of their application package. Completion of this form solely indicates that the organization meets the conditions as a PVO. Please note that there are additional program requirements in the LEPP application. 

There are several steps that an organization must take in order to participate in the Limited Excess Property Program:

STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5
Certified PVO submits an application by the Participation Request deadline.

Technical Evaluation Committee reviews and makes a final decision on each application.

PVO receives approval/denial.

Approved PVOs sign official Transfer Agreement with the USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability (LS). Participate in LEPP's 607 Determination Training via webinar. Program Participation is contingent upon obtaining an approved 607 Determination from the country in which you plan to transfer surplus property.  Attend mandatory in-person training in Washington D.C.

For more information on program participation and the 607 Determination process, please email the LEPP team at LEPP@usaid.gov.

RESOURCES AND USEFUL LINKS

Federal Transportation Programs

Federal Surplus Property Programs

 

Last updated: November 13, 2018

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