CNN日本語版で「米海軍のステルス軍艦が競売に..」というのを目にしたので、記事で参照されている米紙ロサンゼルスタイムズ（Los Angels Times）の元記事をあたってみた。 そこから競売をしているGSAに行ってどのようにオークションに出されているのかを調べた。 一つ面白い発見があった、NASAのスペースシャトル関連も今年中にGSAオークションに出品されると公示されていた…
(CNN.CO.JP 2012.05.04 12:38 JST)
（ＣＮＮ） 冷戦時代に建造された米海軍のステルス実験艦「シーシャドウ」が一般調達局（ＧＳＡ）の競売サイトで売りに出されている。▼シーシャドウは全長約３６メートル、重量４９９トン。レーダーに探知されないステルス性能などについて実験する目的で、米防衛大手ロッキード・マーティンが１９８３年に海軍のために建造した。▼米紙ロサンゼルスタイムズによると、既に役目を終えて不要になったことから、維持費節約のため売りに出すことにしたという。海軍報道官は同紙に対し、「同艦を使っていない状況でこれ以上維持し続けるのは費用対効果が良くない。同艦は実用面でも研究面でも役に立たなくなった」「唯一の選択肢は廃棄してリサイクルすることだ」とコメントしている。▼シーシャドウは１９９７年の００７シリーズ映画「トゥモロー・ネバー・ダイ」で悪役が使った船のモデルになったとも言われる。しかし今回の競売には、世界征服を目論む者の関心をくじくような条件が付いている。▼ＧＳＡの競売サイトによれば、シーシャドウを完全に解体し、資材として使う以外に価値がない状態にすることが落札の条件。落札者はカリフォルニア州にある海事管理局の施設までシーシャドウを取りに行かなければならない。付属品として浮き乾ドックも付いてくる。▼最低入札価格は１万ドルで、３日現在の最高入札額は１３万９１００ドル（約１１１７万円）。同日までの入札は１０件にとどまっている。入札は米東部時間４日午後６時に締め切られる。 <http://www.cnn.co.jp/fringe/30006468.html>
Radar-evading Navy ship for sale in public auction
The Sea Shadow, a 164-foot ship built during the Cold War and capable of evading radar, is being sold to the highest bidder after Navy efforts to donate it to a museum failed.
(LA Times May 02, 2012)
That’s the sales pitch from theU.S. Navy, which ? after five years of trying and failing to donate the stealthy Sea Shadow to a museum ? is now selling the ship for scrap metal in an online auction. All bids must be in at 3 p.m. Pacific time Friday.
But there’s a catch. To win the auction, the successful bidder must agree to dismantle and scrap the Sea Shadow within six months ? and not keep it for a Sunday sail. Perhaps that’s why as of Wednesday afternoon, there were only 10 bids made ? the highest being $139,100.
The sinister-looking ship, which when viewed straight on looks like Darth Vader’s menacing black mask, was designed by Lockheed Corp. at its famed Skunk Works facility in Burbank to baffle enemy radars as it slithered through the seas on night missions.
The Navy, which took delivery of the vessel in 1985, is ready to let it go.
“It is not cost effective for the Navy to maintain the ship in an inactive condition any longer, and the ship no longer serves any operational or research purpose,” said Navy spokesman Christopher Johnson. “Our only disposition option is dismantling and recycling.”…… <http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/02/business/la-fi-stealth-warship-20120503>
記事を読むと競売しているのは GSA Auctions だ。 GSA とは General Service Administrations (一般調達局)、米国政府の独立機関で、米連邦財産の管理維持、官公庁ビルの建設・管理、資材の調達・供給などを行う。 その一部門に競売を行う「GSA Auctions」がある。 URLは <http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/aucindx/>。
そのホームページに物件の「SEA SHADOW/HMB-1 Sale No: 31QSCI12129001」が掲載されていた。 それをクリックして物件のページへ行ってみた。 まあ、それだけの話なのだが…冒頭にもかいたが、一つ面白い発見をしたのは「GSA Auctions」のHPに公示されているスペースシャトル関連の放出品の公示だ。 こうだ――
***** Notice *****
Attention GSA Auctions bidders and interested participants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Space Shuttle Program has retired and NASA has partnered with GSA Auctions to sell the many shuttle related items through a series of auctions in 2012. All who are interested in participating in these sales and other sales of export controlled items are advised that they MUST be U.S. Citizens, any agents working on their behalf (removal after award) must also provide proof of citizenship, and removals must be scheduled at least 48 hours (normal duty days) in advance of pick-up with the NASA point of contact. Details will be included in the description portion of the items posted for sale and proof must be provided in advance of removing property. We look forward to doing business with you in the year 2012.
GSA Auctionsの事をもう少し詳しく知りたければ、GSA Auctionsの解説ページ<http://gsaauctions.gov/html/AboutGSAAuctions.htm>を読むといい。 こう解説されている。
Welcome to GSA Auctions.gov?!
The General Services Administration (GSA) has a history of pioneering electronic solutions for streamlining and enhancing the management of excess and surplus Federal assets. GSA continued the transformation of the Federal disposal process throughout the late 1990s with the introduction and subsequent refinement of the Federal Disposal System, a centralized electronic clearinghouse for reporting and transferring excess/surplus personal property within the Federal community and among eligible donees.
The GSA Auctions? website (www.gsaauctions.gov) has been developed to complete GSA’s transformation to an all-electronic asset management system. The site offers the general public the opportunity to bid electronically on a wide array of Federal assets. The auctions are completely web-enabled, allowing all registered participants to bid on a single item or multiple items (lots) within specified timeframes.
GSA Auctions? offers Federal personal property assets ranging from commonplace items (such as office equipment and furniture) to more select products like scientific equipment, heavy machinery, airplanes, vessels and vehicles. GSA Auctions? online capabilities allow GSA to offer assets located across the country to any interested buyer, regardless of location.
Participants may choose to browse items that are offered on this site or may choose to search for items and place bids. In order to place a bid(s), participants must register first. To register, please go to the GSA Auctions? homepage and click on register.
To register, you must first assign yourself a username and password. Then you will be asked to read and agree to the Online Sale Terms and Conditions. Please note: GSA reserves the right to change the Online Sale Terms and Conditions. You should periodically, review these terms and conditions for possible changes.
Once you agree to the Online Sales Terms and Conditions, you will complete the registration process. The way you register will determine how your information is displayed on your paperwork. Either your name and address, or your name, company name and address entered must be completed as you wish it to appear on all subsequent paperwork. You can only select one option to indicate registering as an individual or company. Changes will not be permitted after award. If you wish to participate as an individual and a representative of a company, you must register separately for each and place bids accordingly.
In accordance with Public Law No. 104-134, Section 31001, The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, the Tax Identification Number (TIN) must be provided by anyone conducting business with the Federal Government, from which a debt to the Government may arise. Individuals cannot successfully register to bid on items without providing a TIN. A TIN is defined as an individual’s Social Security Number (SSN) or business entity’s Employer Identification Number (EIN).
The credit card information you provide at registration is used strictly for validation purposes. GSA Auctions? does not automatically charge credit cards on file, and does not assume that the credit card you used for validation at registration is the one you will choose to use to pay for an item won by you in an auction. Credit card payments can be made via GSA Auctions? from the “My Summary” page utilizing the “Trades” feature. Online payments are processed by Pay.Gov?, which is a secure government-wide payment collection portal and transaction engine created and managed by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Service.
After registration, users, also known as “Traders,” are permitted to participate in online auctions. The Trader menu provides you with the capability to browse and place bids; track items of interest; follow auctions where bids have been placed; pay for items; to change your personal information and settings; and to access an easy-to-use online Help Menu.
GSA Auctions? also provides you with up-to-date information on your bidding status. You can check the bidding status by clicking on the Bid History.
Bidder (Trader) Status
If you no longer have the high bid and the sale has not closed, you can go back to the item and place another bid. Bids cannot be lowered or canceled.
Proxy bidding is the ability to submit the maximum amount that you are willing to pay for an item and to allow the system to incrementally bid on your behalf up to the maximum amount entered. A flat bid is the lowest (minimum) bid that you can place. Any increase or counteroffer of bidding using the flat bid method must be manually submitted by the bidder. You may replace your proxy bid limit with a higher or lower proxy bid limit provided that the amount is greater than or equal to the minimum bid required by the system. The minimum bid is the current winning bid plus the amount of the bid increment.
If you are the winning bidder, you will be contacted by email and be responsible for contacting the regional sales office within 2 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent to you to make payment.
Payment and Removal
Payment is restricted to the following instruments: U.S. currency (no greater than $10,000); bank cashier’s check; credit union cashier’s check issued by a Federal or State chartered Credit Union; U.S. Postal Service or commercial money order; travelers’ checks; properly endorsed United States Federal, State, or local government checks; Personal or company checks accompanied by a bank letter of guarantee; MasterCard, Visa, Discover/Novus, and American Express processed manually or on-line through the Department of Treasury’s Pay.Gov?. Certified checks, bank drafts and debit cards with dollar limitations and/or requiring a PIN number, are NOT acceptable. All checks and money orders must be made payable to the General Services Administration.
If you are paying by personal or company check, the check will only be accepted when accompanied by a bank letter guaranteeing payment. This letter must be on bank letterhead and must state (1) that payment is guaranteed, (2) that the guarantee is valid for 30 days after the bid opening date, and (3) that the guarantee covers the purchase of U.S. Government personal property only. The letter must be dated, include the bidder’s name, the amount the guarantee is for, date of sale and signed by a bank official authorized to guarantee payment.
If items are not paid for within 2 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent and removed within 10 business days from the date and time the email notification was sent, you may be placed in default status.
Please carefully examine your bid before submitting a proposal to GSA Auctions?. You will be notified via mail or email message of your “Default” status, and you could possibly be faced with additional financial obligations beyond the finalized award amount. It is your responsibility to clear your debt. If you fail to clear your default, you will not have access to participate in the bidding process at GSA Auctions? or other GSA, Property Management sales until your debt has been cured. Please contact your local GSA Regional Sales Office for assistance.
If you forget your GSA Auctions? password, it is not necessary for you to contact GSA. Instead, a Login Help link is provided on the login page. You must click on the link, enter your User Name, City, and respond to your Personal Clue questions that you provided during registration. You are given three chances to correctly enter your User Name, City, and answer your Personal Clue question.
If all of the information is correct, GSA Auctions? will prompt you to enter a new password and verify your new password. You will gain immediate access to browse and place bids.
Whether entering the Trader screens to browse or to place bids, the easy-to-use HELP Menus will assist you with definitions and procedures.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email GSA at GSAAuctionsHelp@gsa.gov.
Who Are We?
GSA is the “business side” of the U.S. Government. It was established over 50 years ago by President Truman on July 1, 1949, by Section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act as a result of a recommendation by the Hoover Presidential commission. We provide business leadership and expertly managed services, and solutions, at the best value, to enable Federal employees to accomplish their missions.
The items displayed on GSA Auctions? have been purchased with Federal tax dollars. While using GSA Auctions?, please keep in mind that our goal is to protect the government’s interest – for all U.S. taxpayers. All bids and/or transactions will be handled in a serious professional manner.