STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
67-5740. Additional authority and duties of the administrator of the division of purchasing. (a) The administrator of the division of purchasing is authorized and empowered (1) to acquire from the United States of America under and in conformance with the provisions of section 203(j) [40 U.S.C. sec. 484(j)] of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, hereinafter referred to as the "Act," such property, including equipment, materials, books, or other supplies under the control of any department or agency of the United States of America as may be usable and necessary for purposes of education, public health or civil defense, including research for any such purpose, and for such other purposes as may now or hereafter be authorized by federal law; (2) to warehouse such property; and (3) to distribute such property within the state to tax-supported medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, health centers, school systems, schools, colleges, and universities within the state, to other nonprofit medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, health centers, schools, colleges and universities which have been held exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) [26 U.S.C. sec. 501(c)(3)] of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954, to civil defense organizations of the state, or political subdivisions and instrumentalities thereof, which are established pursuant to state law, and to such other types of institutions or activities as may now be or hereafter become eligible under federal law to acquire such property.
(b) The administrator is hereby authorized to receive applications from eligible institutions for the acquisition of federal surplus real property, investigate the same, obtain expression of views respecting such applications from the appropriate health or educational authorities of the state, make recommendations regarding the need of such applicant for the property, the merits of its proposed program of utilization, the suitability of the property for such purposes, and otherwise assist in the processing of such applications for acquisition of real and related personal property of the United States under section 203(k) [40 U.S.C. sec. 484(k)] of the act.
(c) For the purpose of executing its authority under this chapter, the administrator is authorized and empowered to adopt, amend, or rescind such rules and prescribe such requirements as may be deemed necessary and take such other action as is deemed necessary and suitable, in the administration of this chapter, to assure maximum utilization by and benefit to health, educational and civil defense and other eligible institutions and organizations within the state from property distributed under this chapter.
(d) The administrator, subject to approval of the director of administration, is authorized and empowered to appoint advisory boards or committees, who shall be compensated as provided by section 59-509(b), Idaho Code, and to employ such personnel and to fix their compensation and prescribe their duties, as are deemed necessary and suitable for the administration of this chapter. Expenditures incurred hereunder shall be paid as are other claims against the state.
(e) The administrator is authorized and empowered to make such certifications, take such action, make such expenditures and enter into such contracts, agreements and undertakings for and in the name of the state (including cooperative agreements with any federal agencies providing for utilization by and exchange between them of the property, facilities, personnel and services of each by the other), require such reports and make such investigations as may be required by law or regulation of the United States of America in connection with the disposal of real property and the receipt, warehousing, and distribution of personal property received by him from the United States of America; provided, that all expenditures, contracts, agreements and undertakings for and in the name of the state shall have the approval of the state board of examiners.
(f) The administrator is authorized and empowered to act as a clearing house of information for the public and private nonprofit institutions, organizations and agencies referred to in subparagraph (a), and other institutions eligible to acquire federal surplus real property, to locate both real and personal property available for acquisition from the United States of America, to ascertain the terms and conditions under which such property may be obtained, to receive requests from the above mentioned institutions, organizations and agencies and to transmit to them all available information in reference to such property, and to aid and assist such institutions, organizations and agencies in every way possible in the consummation of acquisitions or transactions hereunder.
(g) The administrator, in the administration of this chapter, shall cooperate to the fullest extent consistent with the provisions of the act, with the departments or agencies of the United States of America and shall file a state plan of operation, operate in accordance therewith, and take such action as may be necessary to meet the minimum standard prescribed in accordance with the act, and make such reports in such form and containing such information as the United States of America or any of its departments or agencies may from time to time require, and it shall comply with the laws of the United States of America and the rules and regulations of any of the departments or agencies of the United States of America governing the allocation, transfer, use or accounting for, property donable or donated to the state.
(h) The administrator, with approval of the board of examiners, is authorized to contract with agencies of other states responsible for the handling of surplus property for:
(1) The acquisition, warehousing, and distribution of surplus property on behalf of the state of Idaho and the delivery of surplus property within the state of Idaho; and
(2) The acquisition, warehousing, and distribution of surplus property on behalf of other states and the delivery of surplus property in other states; provided, that any contract negotiated under the authority of this subparagraph (2) shall obligate the other states to pay the cost of the surplus property and the administrative costs incurred in the acquisition, warehousing, and distribution of the surplus property; and
(3) The furnishing of any services to the state of Idaho concerning the acquisition, warehousing, and distribution of surplus property, and the sorting, dividing into lots, crating, preparing for shipment, and any other handling of surplus property for the state of Idaho.
[67-5740, added I.C., sec. 67-5740, as added by 1974, ch. 34, sec. 2, p. 988; am. 1980, ch. 247, sec. 90, p. 652; am. 1994, ch. 176, sec. 8, p. 410.]