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Equipment Management

Equipment Threshold Change

With recent changes to the State Property Control Act and related State regulations, the State of Illinois and University of Illinois threshold for inventoried equipment has moved from $500 to $1,000, effective May 20, 2019.  The only exceptions are vehicles and firearms which are inventoried regardless of cost.  The State is providing this legislative relief to reduce the volume of tracked equipment at the University and other State Agencies so they can focus on higher value equipment. 

Three Phase Implementation Plan

In order to implement the threshold change in an orderly manner, the University will use a three Phase implementation plan as follows:

  • Phase 1 – New acquisitions threshold (Fiscal Year 2019 implementation – effective May 20, 2019). Completed and On-going!
  • Phase 2 – Removal of “standalone” records below the $1,000 threshold (November 19/20, 2020 implementation). Completed!
  • Phase 3 – To be fully vetted and determined– Removal of records that have depreciated below the new $1,000 threshold (requires CMS pre-approval – Fiscal Year 2020 +)

Phase 1 – New Acquisitions

Effective May 20, 2019, University units must use the new $1,000 threshold when account coding equipment purchases and when evaluating items to be added to inventory in FY19 and beyond.  Banner equipment account code titles have been updated for the new threshold and these ranges should be used on all purchases moving forward.  Units will continue to use the 127* and 163* range of account codes for purchasing equipment and for generating and completing equipment new acquisition records through FABweb.

Phase 2 – Remove “standalone” records < $1,000

Equipment listings of item records to be disposed were sent to Unit Property Accounting Contacts and Unit Heads in October for review and confirmation of item records to be disposed.  The University FABweb and Biennial Inventory applications will be unavailable for use on November 19 and 20 to accomplish the bulk disposal of these records in Banner.  

For the items removed from inventory, Units must replace the Ptag with the unnumbered label identifying “Property of State of Illinois – University of Illinois”.  Units are required to retag equipment by their next scheduled Biennial Inventory cycle and inventory certification date.

UIUC units can order unnumbered labels/stickers directly from iStores by clicking the following the link: iStores. Type "Property" in the Quick Find box on the left of the page. The product name is "U OF I PROPERTY STICKERS" and the SKU is "11244000". UIC and UIS units will need to create a punchout catalog order in iBuy as outlined on page 12 in the iBuy Training Guide.  Once a punchout catalog order and cart are ready, UIC and UIS units can open the iStores icon from the iBuy mainpage to shop and order labels.


Phase 3 – Remove items depreciated below $1,000

Possibly in Fiscal Year 2020 and beyond, the new State law and regulations allow the University and state agencies to request removal of items with a cost over $1,000 and have depreciated below $1,000.  The University will continue to inventory and retain all capitalized equipment records ($5,000 and above) until items are disposed consistent with the historical treatment of capitalized items.  Maintaining these capitalized records is required for financial reporting and Federal grants.

Removal of these depreciated items with initial costs of $1,000 or more from inventory requires pre-approval from CMS. The University will likely be removing additional items with costs between $1,000 and $5,000 from inventory on a periodic basis.  Although University processes are yet to be defined, Units will receive lists of items prior to requesting removal similar to the “Phase 2” removals.  CMS will be issuing additional guidance to the University and state agencies.  Additional information will be shared when University practices are finalized.

Data-wiping of Electronics & Equipment Disposals

University Units must continue to data-wipe all electronics and include scrap labels on wiped electronics regardless of the item’s inventory tracking status.  University Units must continue to request disposal of all University equipment through FABweb and equipment must continue to be sent to the University surplus warehouse for scrap or surplus processing regardless of the item’s inventory tracking status.

Unit tracked equipment

University policy 12.1.6 Affix Property Labels prohibits the use of the University Ptag labels to identify items not tracked on the University Inventory.  This is to avoid confusion on what items are actually required to be tracked.  There may be individual items or categories of items that a University Unit desires to track for internal control purposes.  For units desiring to track equipment outside of Banner, units must create labels and identifiers that differentiate any Unit tracked equipment from University tracked equipment.  To assist, University best practice suggests tracking Unit items starting with a “U” for Unit tracked; followed by your campus and org number “1641”; followed by your unit unique identifier.  For example, the unit tag for item #1 for org 641 at UIUC would be “U1641000001”.

See “Unit tracked equipment label template” under “Helpful Documents” on the right-hand side of this and other Equipment Management webpages > Equipment Management - OBFS .


For questions specific to new acquisitions and Phase 1 implementation, please contact Marti Conrad at  For questions about Phase 2 or Phase 3 plans or Unit tracked equipment, please contact Magdalena Jach at


Last Updated: November 7, 2019

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