Beginning in the summer of 2014 the Federal Government will release excess engravings once used to reproduce U.S. Geological Survey ( USGS) topographic and geologic maps and other scientific illustrations.

The process makes these unique engravings, created from the 1880s to the 1950s, available for transfer to Federal agencies; for donation to State and local governments, certain non-profit educational and other organizations, and public agencies; and for sale to the public.

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The first round offering of 100 engravings is now complete. In this first round two sets of Indiana maps were available and both were transferred / donated to Indiana.

The second round is being announced today. All information about the engravings and the process for transfer, donation, or sales of the engravings is available through:

ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/va/reston/Engravings/
( USGS will post supporting status information weekly here.)

If you are interested, be sure to read this flyer [HERE] and the FAQ and other documents available on the FTP site link provided above. Allthose interested in obtaining engravings need to understand how to request the engravings; plan the logistics to receive, pack, load, and transport them; and be ready to request a donation or to make a purchase offer when the engravings become available.

The engravings will be available through a process managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). State and local governments, certain non-profit educational and other organizations, and public agencies interested in receiving a donation should establish their eligibility now with their State Agency for Surplus Property ( SASP).

The SASPs are listed at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/100851 . Only the SASP can request a donation on your behalf. For Indiana, you need to contact:


Ramona Beaman
Director
State of Indiana
Department of Administration
Federal Surplus Property
601 W. McCarty Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225 PHONE: (317) 234-3690
EMAIL: rbeaman@idoa.in.gov
FAX: (317) 234-3699


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