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NPR 4310.1A
Effective Date: May 12, 2014
Expiration Date: May 12, 2025
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Subject: Artifact Identification and Disposition Revalidated w/Change 1

Responsible Office: Office of Strategic Infrastructure

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Appendix A. Definitions

Artifact. A unique object or item of personal property that may be representative of the history of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. Its significance and interest stem mainly from its relation to the following: historic flights, programs, activities, or incidents; achievements or improvements in technology; understanding of the universe; and important or well-known personalities.

Artifact Module. A jointly administered, Web-based NASA and GSA tool for screening and allocating artifacts to eligible recipients.

Deaccession. The process of dispositioning an item from a museum collection.

Decommissioning. The process of ending an operating mission and the attendant project or program closure. Decommissioning includes final delivery of any remaining project deliverables and the property disposal of any supporting systems; closeout of contracts and financial obligations; and archiving of project/mission operational and scientific data and artifacts. Decommissioning does not mean that scientific data analysis ceases, only that the project will no longer provide the resources for continued research and analysis.

Excess Personal Property. Personal property under the control of any Federal agency that is no longer required for that agency's needs, as determined by the agency head or designee.

GSAXcess. A Web-based program that provides agencies with a means of electronically reporting excess personal property to GSA. GSAXcess provides customers seeking property a means to avoid the cost of new procurements by acquiring the same or like items that are reported as excess by another Federal activity.

Personal Property. Property of any kind, including equipment, materials, and supplies but excluding real property, certain naval vessels, and "Related Personal Property."

Related Personal Property. Personal property that is an integral part of real property, defined in FMR 102-36.40:

  • Related to, designed for, or specifically adapted to the functional capacity of the real property and removal of this personal property would significantly diminish the economic value of the real property.
  • Determined by the Administrator of GSA to be related to the real property.
  • In certain circumstances, such as in the demolition of real property, items considered to be artifacts attached to real property can be considered for removal and made available through the artifact screening process. If the real property is considered historic, consultation is to be completed prior to removal or excessing of significant equipment/elements (e.g., artifacts) pursuant to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation implementing regulations, 36 CFR Part 800.

    Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that SDSs be available to employees to identify potentially harmful substances handled in the workplace under the hazard communication regulation. SDSs are intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner and includes information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.

    Screening. The process by which excess personal property is viewed for reutilization, transfer, donation, or other disposition action.

    State Agency for Surplus Property (SASP). The agency designated under state laws to receive Federal surplus personal property for distribution to eligible donees within each state as provided for in 40 U.S.C. 549.

    Surplus Personal Property. Personal property that is excess to the needs of any Federal agency, as determined by GSA (FMR § 102-36.40).

    Utilization. The identification, reporting, and transfer of excess personal property among Federal agencies to fill current or future authorized requirements in lieu of new procurements (FMR § 102-35.20).

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