GOVPLANET RETURNS 12,000+ N95 MASKS & OTHER
SUPPLIES TO HELP WITH COVID-19 FIGHT
Updated: April 7, 2020
GovPlanet is a remarketer of assets and equipment for state, local, and federal agencies, including military. As a result of a competitive bid process (i.e. RFP), GovPlanet has contracts with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to remarket transportation, construction, and other rolling-stock assets and general surplus. This includes field gear, tools, fitness and exercise equipment, medical supplies, generator sets, and electronic equipment
As the spread of the novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19) in the U.S. increased earlier this month, GovPlanet took action to remove all N95 masks we had in inventory, including removing those items from auction, to return them to the DLA for redistribution to agencies in need. However, around the same time that we were taking these actions, a private seller did sell his collection of masks at a markup—we have taken further steps to prevent this from happening, including banning further sales from this consignor as well as sales of any other high-priority medical items. Unsold medical supplies deemed high-priority will be removed from our auctions without notice as we expedite our efforts. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Further, we are presently working closely with the Defense Logistics Agency to identify and return other high-priority medical supplies back to the DLA for subsequent distribution to areas of need through the Department of Health and Human Services, the lead federal agency on COVID-19 response.
Here are some of the tangible steps we are taking to ensure valuable supplies get into the hands of those who need them as soon as possible.
1. We have pulled all N95 medical masks we have in inventory and returned them to the DLA for redistribution We have already returned 12,275 N95 masks back to the DLA from our inventory. DLA is also pulling all that they may have, which will be additive.
2. DLA is working with the DHHS to identify other high-priority medical supplies. DLA has developed a preliminary list of 400 potential SKUs, and we have proactively pulled all those items from sale as well as from our warehouse racks.
3. We are continuing to monitor our inventory to determine additional high-priority items that may be of use. For example, we have removed non-latex surgical gloves that were originally sourced to us for return to the DLA.
You may have seen some news reports about other masks and/or ventilators currently selling on our site. These masks have not been recalled by the DLA and the ventilators currently on our site are used for veterinary purposes, not to help people with respiratory illnesses.
If you have any questions or concerns about any items selling on our website, please contact us directly. We continue to monitor this fast-moving situation to assess additional actions that we can take.
GovPlanet has been notified by the agencies that issuance of EUCs may be delayed and Titling Documents have been temporarily suspended as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on the country. The GovPlanet team will continue to accept documents and will prepare for submission as soon as operations resume. In an effort to help our customers with the restrictions of travel, GovPlanet will pause all abandonments until further notice. Please continue to schedule pickup as you are able.
PA & NV Warehouses Remain Open
Other Pick-up Locations May Have Restrictions
As the global effect of coronavirus continues to evolve, GovPlanet is firmly committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees, and serving our communities. We are closely monitoring the changing situation, and complying with public health guidance.
As of now, both warehouses in Pennsylvania and Nevada are open and available to schedule pickup. Other sites may be restricting access to their facilities or pick up locations. Please review your Item Release Form for each item and reach out to discuss scheduling availability.
We continue to actively monitor the situation and are prepared to react accordingly to help keep you safe. We want to thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider.