OSHA Instruction PRO 4.4 October 25, 1996 Directorate of Technical Support
SUBJECT: OSHA Property Management
A. PURPOSE. This Directive establishes the policies, guidelines,
organization and personal responsibilities for OSHA's Property Management
Inventory System (OPMIS) and Capitalized Assets Tracking and Reporting System
(CATARS). These two systems are designed to record, track, manage, and
validate information about property that is important to the accomplishment
of OSHA's mission. Accountability for property is specifically required by
the Department of Labor. OSHA's Property Management Officers (PMOS) and
Accountable Property Officers (APOS) must maintain positive control and
management of their respective inventories.
B. SCOPE. This Directive applies OSHA-wide.
1. Department of Labor Manual DLMS-2, Chapter 100, Property
2. Department of Labor Manual DLMS-9, Chapter 300, Automated Data
Processing Equipment Property.
3. OPMIS User's Manual.
4. Office of the Chief Financial Officer memorandum, dated October
24, 1995, subject: Accounting for Capitalized Assets.
5. 41 CFR 101, Federal Property Management Regulations.
6. 40 U.S.C. 483, Federal Property and Administrative Act of
1. The OPMIS consists of three principal categories: Technical
equipment, ADP equipment, and other reportable mission sensitive property.
(See table of reportable property in the OPMIS User's Manual.)
2. CATARS consists of all capitalized assets costing $25,000 or
more purchased after October 1, 1995. Items costing between $5,000 and
$25,000 purchased prior to FY 1996 shall remain on CATARS until removed by
the Capitalized Assets Management Officer (CAMO).
1. The Director, Directorate of Technical Support. The
Director of the Directorate of Technical Support (DTS) is responsible for the
overall management of OPMIS within OSHA. The Director shall:
a. Establish and maintain a property management program,
consistent with the polices, standards, procedures and guidelines as required
in the above references.
b. Provide resource support.
c. Authorize write-off authority for mission sensitive
equipment in lieu of convening a Board of Survey where appropriate. (See
2. The Director of the Cincinnati Technical Center. The
Director of the Cincinnati Technical Center serves as the OSHA Property
Management Officer (OPMO). The OPMO assists PMOs in exercising their
responsibilities and maintains the liaisons necessary for the administration
of the OPMIS. Through available staff resources the OPMO will:
a. Establish and maintain an agency-wide computerized property
management system for mission sensitive and ADP property.
b. Maintain a management review program to review and ensure
the timeliness, completeness, and accuracy of OPMIS.
c. Schedule annual inventories for OPMIS property, and provide
inventory printouts and instructions to APOs conducting physical
d. Prepare and process the required paper work for all
reportable property received and issued.
e. Store and dispose of all excess property, or provide
instructions for local disposal of property.
f. Ensure PMOs and APOs receive adequate training.
g. Maintain liaison with the Directorate of Administrative
Programs to ensure compliance with the necessary Departmental polices and
procedures, and to seek advice and assistance relating to general property
management issues and ADP property specifically.
h. Maintain liaison with the Office of Management Data Systems
to ensure compliance with the necessary Departmental policies and procedures
relating to recording, tracking, and disposal of ADP property; to seek advice
and assistance; and to coordinate write-off authority for ADP
i. Review all Departmental instructions involving property
management, recommending necessary policy revisions to the Director,
Directorate of Technical Support, for consideration.
j. Coordinate implementation of changes to OPMIS.
3. Director, Office of Program Budgeting and Financial
Management. This Office will be responsible for managing CATARS. CATARS
has a dual function; "accounting" and "accountability" of capitalized assets.
The Director will:
a. Appoint a Capitalized Assets Management Officer.
b. Maintain a capitalized assets database file consistent with
c. Establish operating procedures and guidelines.
d. Validate and process into CATARS all capitalized asset
e. Reconcile the CATARS interface reports.
f. Call for an annual inventory of CATARS and reconcile CATARS
g. Convene a Board of Survey for lost, stolen, or damaged
capitalized assets, when required. (See paragraph J)
4. Regional Administrators. The Regional Administrators will:
a. Establish administrative measures necessary to ensure the
proper care, safeguarding and utilization of all government property within
b. Appoint a Regional Property Management Officer.
c. Ensure that all APOs conduct a thorough and complete
physical inventory annually, and during changes of APO'S.
5. Property Management Officer (PMO). For the National
Office, the PMO for non-ADP property is the Director of Administrative
Services. For the ADP property, the PMO is the Director of the Office of
Management Data Systems. The Regional Administrator is responsible for
designating the regional PMO. The Directors of the Salt Lake City Technical
Center, the Cincinnati Technical Center, and the OSHA Training Institute are
responsible for designating their own PMO. The designated PMOs
a. Serve as PMO for all offices within their respective
jurisdiction and comply with OPMIS polices and procedures.
b. Assume temporary accountability for property when an APO is
not designated, or incapacitated.
c. Monitor the record keeping, usage, and disposition of
property, and assist the APOs in the preparation of
d. Exercise their write-off authority in lieu of convening a
Board of Survey where authorized. (See paragraph I)
6. Accountable Property Officers (APO). DOL policy
requires that all APOs must be cost center managers. APOs will be physically
located at the cost center location. Cost center managers with property
located outside of their immediate area, i.e., District Office, may appoint
an APO at that site to manage their property. The APO must ensure that an
annual physical inventory is completed. Also, the APO is responsible for
initiating, verifying, and authorizing changes to the inventory.
7. Supervisors. Each OSHA supervisor is responsible for
establishing administrative measures necessary to ensure the proper care,
safeguarding and utilization of all Government property within the unit. A
supervisor who is not designated as an APO still may be held liable for loss,
damage, or destruction of such property when there is conclusive evidence
that the loss or damage resulted from negligence, carelessness, or
dereliction of duty on his or her part.
8. Individual Employees. Responsibility for the care and
protection of assigned Government property is a personal obligation of each
employee. An employee is liable and may be required to repay the Government
when his or her negligence, carelessness, or dereliction of duty contributes
to the loss or damage of Government property as determined by the Survey
Board. Individual employees are required to report to their APO and/or PMO
any instance of loss, theft or damage.
9. The Director, Directorate of Administrate Programs,
OASAM. The Director, Directorate of Administrate Programs is responsible
for appointing the Departmental Property Management Officer (DPMO). DPMO
responsibilities are outlined in the DLMS-2, Chapter 100.
10. Office of Management Data Systems (OMDS). The Office of
Management Data Systems is responsible for:
a. Coordinating write-off authority for all ADP property.
b. Ensuring OPMIS meets all requirements for ADP property
control and tracking.
c. Page 3, paragraph I for ADP.
d. Auditing OPMIS data related to ADP.
F. MINIMUM REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.
1. There shall be a consistent method to report the results of
property transactions and to maintain consistent inventory reports for
Accountable Property Officers as defined by the OPMO.
2. Minimum reports required by DOL are addressed in DLMS-2,
Chapter 100 and DLMS-9, Chapter 300.
G. PHYSICAL INVENTORY PROCEDURES.
Physical Inventories are required on at least two occasions: Once
annually, at the call of the OPMO, and whenever there is a change of APO.
Both of these inventories are required by Departmental regulations. More
frequent inventories may be initiated by the individual managers.
1. Annual Physical Inventory. The OPMO is responsible for
scheduling this inventory. The OPMO will be responsible for providing each
APO a printout of the current inventory, along with instructions and
2. Inventory Control Associate (ICA). Departmental
regulations require that an ICA be appointed by the APO to assist in the
inventory and act as a nonpartisan third party. The ICA should be a person
from outside the APO's cost center. If an APO is unable to appoint an ICA
from outside the cost center, then the APO may appoint another DOL employee
within the cost center to serve as the ICA.
3. Certification. The completed inventory must be
certified by both the APO and ICA. Any shortages, changes or additions to
the inventory will be documented on appropriately completed DOL property
forms and accompany the certification and verified inventory report. Samples
of applicable Forms are provided in Appendix A.
H. FORMS. The following Departmental forms are the only ones used
by OPMIS (See Appendix A for samples):
1. DL 1-48 - Letter Reporting Theft of Property on Non-GSA
2. DL 1-73 - Custody Receipt.
3. DL 1-55 - Transaction Form (National Office for Warehouse Use
4. DL 1-55 - DPAP Transaction Form (National Office for Warehouse
5. DL 1-55C - Transaction Form (Capitalized Assets only).
6. DL 1-2094 - Property Loss Evaluation Checklist.
7. GSA 182 - Report of Loss or Theft.
8. SF 120 - Report of Excess Personal Property to GSA.
9. OPMIS Automated Forms.
I. DEPARTMENTAL DELEGATED AUTHORITIES AND PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING
ACCOUNTABILITY/LIABILITY FOR BOARD OF SURVEY OR WRITE OFF ACTION. This
section defines the delegated authority of those individuals who must decide
whether to convene a Board of Survey or to waive liability for lost/missing,
stolen or damaged property. Authority to determine the liability of
employees for lost/missing, stolen, or damaged property is delegated to
organizational levels close to the level where accountability lies. This
section also contains and establishes policy, procedures, checklist
verification, and the decision process for making those determinations to
assure reasonable consistency in their application, adequate documentation
for the basis of the decision, and ease of monitoring at the National Office
by the Departmental Property Management Officer (DPMO).
1. Delegated Authority. The authority to determine the
necessity for convening a Board of Survey or to waive liability for
lost/missing, stolen, and damaged mission-sensitive property is delegated
based on the acquisition cost of the property item:
a. Property Management Officers (PMOS) for property valued at
less than $2000 (original purchase price) for each item.
b. OSHA Property Management Officer (OPMO) for property valued
at less than $5000 (original purchase price).
c. Departmental Property Management Officer (DPMO) for
property valued less than $25,000 (original purchase price).
2. Procedures, Evaluation and Processing. Accountable
Property Officers (APOs), at such time that they determine that property has
been lost/missing, stolen or damaged, will enter information on OPMIS, sign
the "Transaction Form" and forward it along with a report of the relevant
circumstances to the PMO. The report should be accompanied by statements of
the facts of the loss and any relevant documents, such as witness statements,
police reports, etc. When reports of lost/missing, stolen, and/or damaged
property are received by the PMO they will initiate the following:
a. If the property is valued at less than $2000 (original
purchase price), the PMO will complete DL Form 1-2094 (Property Loss
Evaluation Checklist) and decide whether to convene a Board of Survey to act
on questions of personal pecuniary liability, or to write off the
b. If the PMO decides to refer the loss to a Board of Survey
he/she will do so by signing the completed DL Form 1-2094 and the OPMIS
Forms, and by forwarding the DL 1-2094 and the OPMIS forms with all pertinent
documentation to the Regional Administrator/OASAM (RA/OASAM). In the
National Office, the information would be referred to the DPMO. A copy will
also be furnished to the originating APO.
c. If the PMO decides to waive liability and write off the
loss, he/she will do so by signing the completed DL Form 1-2094 and OPMIS
forms and by forwarding both to the originating APO. The APO in turn will
process the OPMIS Form to drop the loss from accountability.
d. If the property is valued at $2000 (original purchase
price) or more, but less than $5000 (original purchase price) the PMO will
forward all documentation pertaining to the loss to the OPMO at CTC. The
OPMO will decide whether Board of Survey action is required or to write off
J. BOARDS OF SURVEY. Boards of Survey are convened when a
responsible official determines the possibility of negligence regarding
capitalized or non-capitalized property that may result in the assessment of
pecuniary liability. A three-member board shall examine all pertinent facts
surrounding the lost, stolen, or damaged property, and then determine
employee liability and a means for the formal removal of property from an
inventory. The Board's findings are then sent to the Departmental Property
Management Officer (DPMO) for final approval or disapproval. DLMS-2 Chapter
100 establishes the authority, defines responsibilities, and sets forth
procedures for conducting Boards of Survey. OASAM convenes and selects the
members for the Board of Survey.
K. PROCEDURES AND AUTHORITIES TO WITHDRAW CERTAIN PROPERTY FROM
INVENTORIES. Mission-sensitive and ADP equipment that is outdated,
worn-out, or determined to be of little or no value, may be withdrawn from
the inventory providing a proper determination has been made by a designated
official. The authority to make these determinations is delegated by the
DPMO to the Director, OSHA Cincinnati Technical Center. All determinations
must be in writing and signed by the official based on available evidence and
documentation regarding the status. After the OPMO has completed the
determination, the property is then removed from the inventory via an
authorized disposal transaction.
Joseph A. Dear Assistant
DISTRIBUTION: National, Regional and Area Offices Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Administration and Management
Appendix A. Contains the following forms:
1. 1 U.S. Department of Labor Custody Receipt-DL 1-73 (Rev.
2. 1 National Office Warehouse Receipt-DL 1-55 (Rev. April.
3. 1 DPAP Transaction Form/Survey Report-DL 1-55 (Rev. October
1991) Previous editions obsolete.
4. 1 CAMS Transaction Form/Survey Report-DL 1-55c.
5. 1 Department of Labor Loss Evaluation Checklist (DL 1-2094
6. 1 Report of Loss or Theft-General Service Administration (GSA)
Forms 182 (Rev. 6-72)
7. 1 Report of Excess personal Property Standard Form 120A (Rev.
April 1957 Edition).
(For Appendix A Form 1, Click Here)
(For Appendix A Form 2, Click Here)
(For Appendix A Form 3, Click Here)
(For Appendix A Form 4, Click Here)
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(For Appendix A Form 6, Click Here)
(For Appendix A Form 7, Click Here)