Equipment Acquisition

Effective: Moved to Policy Library from UPM 10.3(5)
Updated/Revised: May 4, 2010
Contact: Assistant Vice President for Business Services

Contents

Introduction
Policy Statement
Equipment Acquisition and Controls
- Procurement Services' Approvals
- Physical Equipment Inventory
- Segregation of Duties
- Off-campus Use of Equipment
Equipment Definition
- Alternative Acquisition Methods
- Fabricated Items
- Lease/Purchase
- Interdepartmental Transfers
- Transfers In From Other Institutions
- Donated Equipment
- Federally Owned Equipment
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Introduction

The Equipment Acquisition policy provides for appropriate oversight of the public trust given to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, by statute to contract for goods, services, and capital improvements (Code of Iowa 8A.122, 8A.302, and 262). Equipment at the university may be acquired by purchase (including lease purchase, installment purchase, and fabrication), gift, or transfer. Each method has specific procedures or legal requirements to be followed.

Policy Statement

Equipment Acquisition and Controls

Procurement Services' Approvals

Equipment purchases are to be handled by Procurement Services consistent with these procurement policies. Moveable and fixed equipment purchases are subject to prior review and approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, based upon the following dollar levels:

  • Equipment with a unit cost of less than $250,000 or a total purchase cost less than $500,000 will be purchased by the chief business officer of each institution, acting through Procurement Services.
  • Requests for equipment with a unit cost greater than $250,000 or a total purchase cost of $500,000 to $1,000,000 will be submitted to the Board Office for executive director approval, after the Procurement Services has competitively bid the equipment acquisition. The Regents' executive director will notify the Board of such actions at least monthly. At the discretion of the executive director, the equipment purchase may be submitted to the Board for approval.
  • Requests for equipment costing more than $1,000,000 will be submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, for approval, after Procurement Services has competitively bid the equipment acquisition.
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Physical Equipment Inventory

Biennially, all equipment as defined in this policy must be inventoried by the department assigned responsibility through purchase acquisition, departmental transfer, donation, etc. Units are required to promptly report to the Inventory Control Office any damaged, stolen or missing items as soon as the problem is discovered. These items should also be immediately reported to the Department of Public Safety.

Segregation of Duties

To maintain good internal controls, to the extent staff size allows, duties must be segregated so that the following duties are not assigned to the same individual in a department:

  • Initiating and approving the purchase of equipment
  • Maintaining equipment records
  • Taking physical inventory

Off-Campus Use of Equipment

Employees taking property off-campus accept fiduciary responsibility and if equipment is negligently lost or stolen, the employee will be responsible for replacement or reimbursement. Employee agrees to surrender off-campus property on demand, transfer or separation from the university.

Equipment Definition

Fixed Equipment

Permanently affixed/installed furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Fixed equipment which is part of a capital project is exempt from the requirements of the following subsections.

Moveable Equipment

Moveable equipment at Iowa State University must be assigned a property number by the Equipment Inventory Office. This property number is printed on an equipment tag, which is affixed to all university equipment with a unit cost of $5,000 or more.

Equipment

Any movable property that has a useful life of one year or more and a unit acquisition cost of at least $5,000, is identifiable, and is not a replacement part.

Equipment (Add To)

Items that become component parts used with or permanently connected to an existing piece of equipment carrying an Iowa State University numbered decal, including items costing less than $5,000.   back to top

 

Alternative Acquisition Methods

Fabricated Items

Departments must report to the Inventory Control Office any items fabricated, and must provide information which will allow for recording asset information into the inventory system, e.g., asset description, cost, useful life, location, custodian, etc. An equipment tag will be provided and must be affixed to moveable fabricated equipment.

Lease/Purchase

The lease purchase of equipment costing less than $100,000 may be authorized through the university's internal leasing program, provided funds are available to cover the period involved, and it is advantageous to the university's requirements. Installment agreements and lease purchases of equipment costing $100,000 or more require prior approval by the Executive Director of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. By law, lease purchases and installment agreements of greater than $50,000 must be reported to the Legislative Fiscal Committee, through the Board office, thirty (30) days prior to an order being placed.

Departments and employees must not commit to a lease purchase or installment agreement without Procurement Services' approval. Federal funds cannot be used for the interest portion of lease payments. Farm equipment leases are arranged on an annual basis with the option for renewal in most instances.

Interdepartmental Transfers

Each administrative officer of a budgetary unit is responsible for the equipment and furniture purchased and assigned to his or her unit. Departments requesting transfer of inventory to another university unit must go through the appropriate administrative officers of each unit.

Transfers In From Other Institutions

Employing units who have new employees transferring in with equipment from another institution must contact the Inventory Control Office so that transferred equipment items can be tagged and added to the university's inventory. If there is a cost associated with the transfer, it is treated as procurement and Procurement Services must handle the acquisition.
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Donated Equipment

Any items gifted to the university that meet the equipment definition above must be tagged and added to the university's equipment inventory by contacting the Inventory Control Office. The receiving unit must coordinate with the ISU Foundation to ensure all campus gift requirements are met and the gift is properly acknowledged and recorded.

Federally Owned Equipment

Federally owned equipment means all property owned or leased by the federal government. Federally owned equipment includes both government-furnished property and university-acquired property. Government-furnished equipment is property in the possession of, or acquired directly by, the government and subsequently delivered or otherwise made available to the university. University-acquired equipment is property procured under federal contracts wherein the government retains a title interest.

Principal investigators (PIs), departments and/or research units are responsible for notifying the Inventory Control Office when equipment is furnished or loaned to the university by the federal government for periods longer than six months. The Inventory Control Office notification must include a copy of the federal agency transfer document. Federal regulations require that this equipment be tagged and included on the university's equipment inventory records. Inventory records will identify the equipment as federally owned. Federally owned equipment may not be transferred, disposed, cannibalized, or removed from campus without prior written approval from the federal agency.

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