About GSA Auctions

The General Services Administration (GSA) has a history of pioneering electronic solutions for streamlining and enhancing the management of excess and surplus Federal assets. GSA continued the transformation of the Federal disposal process throughout the late 1990s with the introduction and subsequent refinement of the Federal Disposal System, a centralized electronic clearinghouse for reporting and transferring excess/surplus personal property within the Federal community and among eligible donees.

The GSA Auctions website (www.gsaauctions.gov) has been developed to complete GSA's transformation to an all-electronic asset management system. The site offers the general public the opportunity to bid electronically on a wide array of Federal assets. The auctions are completely web-enabled, allowing all registered participants to bid on a single item or multiple items (lots) within specified timeframes.

GSA Auctions offers Federal personal property assets ranging from commonplace items (such as office equipment and furniture) to more select products like scientific equipment, heavy machinery, airplanes, vessels and vehicles. GSA Auctions online capabilities allow GSA to offer assets located across the country to any interested buyer, regardless of location.

Participants may choose to browse items that are offered on this site or may choose to search for items and place bids. In order to place a bid(s), participants must register first. To register, please go to the GSA Auctions homepage and click on register.


To register, you must first assign yourself a username and password. Then you will be asked to read and agree to the Online Sale Terms and Conditions. Please note: GSA reserves the right to change the Online Sale Terms and Conditions. You should periodically, review these terms and conditions for possible changes.

Once you agree to the Online Sales Terms and Conditions, you will complete the registration process. The way you register will determine how your information is displayed on your paperwork. Either your name and address, or your name, company name and address entered must be completed as you wish it to appear on all subsequent paperwork. You can only select one option to indicate registering as an individual or company. Changes will not be permitted after award. If you wish to participate as an individual and a representative of a company, you must register separately for each and place bids accordingly.

In accordance with Public Law No. 104-134, Section 31001, The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the Tax Identification Number (TIN) must be provided by anyone conducting business with the Federal Government, from which a debt to the Government may arise. Individuals cannot successfully register to bid on items without providing a TIN. A TIN is defined as an individual's Social Security Number (SSN) or business entity's Employer Identification Number (EIN).

The credit card information you provide at registration is used strictly for validation purposes. GSA Auctions does not automatically charge credit cards on file, and does not assume that the credit card you used for validation at registration is the one you will choose to use to pay for an item won by you in an auction. Credit card payments can be made via GSA Auctions from the "My Summary" page utilizing the "Trades" feature. Online payments are processed by Pay.GovTM, which is a secure government-wide payment collection portal and transaction engine created and managed by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Financial Management Service.

Trader Menu

After registration, users, also known as "Traders," are permitted to participate in online auctions. The Trader menu provides you with the capability to browse and place bids; track items of interest; follow auctions where bids have been placed; pay for items; to change your personal information and settings; and to access an easy-to-use online Help Menu.

GSA Auctions also provides you with up-to-date information on your bidding status. You can check the bidding status by clicking on the Bid History.

Bidder (Trader) Status

If you no longer have the high bid and the sale has not closed, you can go back to the item and place another bid. Bids cannot be lowered or canceled.

Proxy bidding is the ability to submit the maximum amount that you are willing to pay for an item and to allow the system to incrementally bid on your behalf up to the maximum amount entered. A flat bid is the lowest (minimum) bid that you can place. Any increase or counteroffer of bidding using the flat bid method must be manually submitted by the bidder. You may replace your proxy bid limit with a higher or lower proxy bid limit provided that the amount is greater than or equal to the minimum bid required by the system. The minimum bid is the current winning bid plus the amount of the bid increment.

If you are the winning bidder, you will be contacted by email and be responsible for contacting the regional sales office within 2 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent to you to make payment.

Payment and Removal

Payment is restricted to the following instruments: U.S. currency (no greater than $10,000); bank cashier's check; credit union cashier's check issued by a Federal or State chartered Credit Union; U.S. Postal Service or commercial money order; travelers' checks; properly endorsed United States Federal, State, or local government checks; Personal or company checks accompanied by a bank letter of guarantee; MasterCard, Visa, Discover/Novus, and American Express processed manually or on-line through the Department of Treasury's Pay.Gov™. Certified checks, bank drafts and debit cards with dollar limitations and/or requiring a PIN number, are NOT acceptable. All checks and money orders must be made payable to the General Services Administration.

If you are paying by personal or company check, the check will only be accepted when accompanied by a bank letter guaranteeing payment. This letter must be on bank letterhead and must state (1) that payment is guaranteed, (2) that the guarantee is valid for 30 days after the bid opening date, and (3) that the guarantee covers the purchase of U.S. Government personal property only. The letter must be dated, include the bidder's name, the amount the guarantee is for, date of sale and signed by a bank official authorized to guarantee payment.

If items are not paid for within 2 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent and removed within 10 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent, you may be placed in default status.

Defaulted Bidders

Please carefully examine your bid before submitting a proposal to GSA Auctions . You will be notified via mail or email message of your "Default" status, and you could possibly be faced with additional financial obligations beyond the finalized award amount. It is your responsibility to clear your debt. If you fail to clear your default, you will not have access to participate in the bidding process at GSA Auctions or other GSA, Property Management sales until your debt has been cured. Please contact your local GSA Regional Sales Office for assistance.

Forgotten Passwords

If you forget your GSA Auctions password, it is not necessary for you to contact GSA. Instead, a Login Help link is provided on the login page. You must click on the link, enter your User Name, City, and respond to your Personal Clue questions that you provided during registration. You are given three chances to correctly enter your User Name, City, and answer your Personal Clue question.

If all of the information is correct, GSA Auctions will prompt you to enter a new password and verify your new password. You will gain immediate access to browse and place bids.


Whether entering the Trader screens to browse or to place bids, the easy-to-use HELP Menus will assist you with definitions and procedures.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email GSA at GSAAuctionsHelp@gsa.gov.

Who Are We?

GSA is the "business side" of the U.S. Government. It was established over 50 years ago by President Truman on July 1, 1949, by Section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act as a result of a recommendation by the Hoover Presidential commission. We provide business leadership and expertly managed services, and solutions, at the best value, to enable Federal employees to accomplish their missions.

The items displayed on GSA Auctions have been purchased with Federal tax dollars. While using GSA Auctions®, please keep in mind that our goal is to protect the government's interest - for all U.S. taxpayers. All bids and/or transactions will be handled in a serious professional manner.

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