How To

Access Capital Asset Management (CAM) in KFS

  1. Send an e-mail to Equipment Management, with the following information:
    • Employee Name, UCInetID, Employee ID
    • Department Organization Code(s)
    • Department Inventory Custodial Code(s)
    • Department Inventory Name(s)
  2. The DSA (Department Security Administrator) will grant access using KSAMS (Security Access Maintenance System)
  1. Log in to the KFS Asset Lookup
  2. If users cannot locate the KFS Capital Asset Management portlet, and have status as a CAM Processor/Asset Representative, have the department's DSA validate that the user is set up with Role 54 access in KSAMS, prior to contacting the KFS Support Team

Buy New Capital Equipment

  • Threshold Value
    1. $5,000
    2. Includes charges such as sales taxes, accessories and initial complement of supplies needed to put the equipment into operation
  • Useful Life
    1. At least one year
    2. See Useful Life Schedule
  • Independence
    1. Physically stands alone
    2. "Stand alone" does not necessarily mean functional independence. An item that operates with, or plugs into, another piece of equipment may still be considered a separate inventorial item.

Verify the following:

  1. Items are budgeted or otherwise allowable under agency guidelines
  2. For equipment purchases - at least 120 days remain before project expiration
  3. For other goods and services - at least 30 days remain before project expiration

Contact Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) with questions or for approval of exceptions

Review contract/grant synopsis:

  • If title is with the Federal Government, it is non-taxable
  • If title is with the Regents or other, it is taxable

The title status of equipment purchases will determine the degree of control, tagging, and applicability of state sales tax

  1. Determine the appropriate purchasing method
  2. Ensure that the correct object codes (PDF) are used
  3. Include the following:
    • Functional description of equipment
    • Manufacturer's name
    • Manufacturer's model number (or catalog number if model number is not available)
  4. It may be necessary to assign different object codes for equipment and non-equipment items on the same order
  5. Initiate the requisition in KFS

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Locate Equipment for Sharing

  1. Login to KFS and access Asset Lookup
  2. Check the fields you want returned in top section (be sure to include Custodial Code)
  3. Define your query by entering desired item, manufacturer, or model in description field
  4. Select "Search" to view the result on screen
  1. Identify the items that satisfy your requirements
  2. Make a note of the Custodial Code
  3. Locate the department using the link to Custodial Code in the Query screen
  4. Contact the department to request use of the desired equipment

Report Lost or Stolen Equipment

  • Check to see that equipment has not been borrowed, dismantled, discarded, or destroyed by department's faculty, staff or students
  • Report the missing items to the Campus Police Department at 949.824.5223 and ask for the case number
  • Contact UCI's Claim Administrator, Sedgwick, immediately by calling 800.416.4029 and pressing "1". Operators are available 24/7
  • Report the possible theft or property damage to Risk Services at 949.824.3257 and provide the case number
  • Complete the Asset Retirement Global Lookup document
  • Be sure to include the Campus Police report number in the explanation field and upload within the Notes and Attachments tab

Request a New Fabrication Property Number

  • Has an estimated cost of $5,000 or more
  • Is free-standing and moveable
  • Be built in-house, i.e., not by a non-UC entity
  • Upon completion, item will be placed into service for one year or longer and will remain at UC
  • UC will retain title and finished product will be a one-of-a-kind item
  • Not be available on open market
  • Parts will be purchased from multiple vendors and/or via multiple purchase orders
  • Labor represents at least 20% of cost

Complete Fabrication Justification form (PDF), fabrication property diagram, and email scanned document to Equipment Management for pre-approval

  • After pre-approval is received, the principal or account manager must complete the Asset Fabrication document for final approval: KFS > KFS Lookups & Requests - Adv
    • Include UC Account Fund or KFS Account Number in the Description Explanation field
    • Attach Fabrication Justification form (PDF) and fabrication property diagram in Notes and Attachments tab of the Asset Fabrication document
  • The Equipment Management will issue a Property ID tag number during the final approval process
    • Upon approval, a new fabrication property number will be issued and emailed to the Principal Investigator
  • Complete KFS Requisition for Capital Asset after final approval is received and Property ID tag number is issued

Fabricated equipment is defined as an item of equipment that is built or assembled in its original form from individual parts by or for university personnel under a sponsored project. Simply adding a few parts to an item does not make it a fabrication.

Standard items that are altered or customized to make them more usable on a sponsored project do not qualify as fabricated property. Using and/or connecting multiple stand alone items to accomplish a research project does not constitute fabrication.

Update/Verify Equipment Inventory

University and contracting/granting agencies require campus departments to conduct periodic physical inventories of equipment. These instructions are for the Asset Inventory Certification (physical equipment inventory) due biennially. Update inventory records as changes occur on KFS.

Confirm the list is for your department. If a document appears in the Action List that belongs to a different Asset Representative, email Helen Chang ( and copy (cc) DSA with the following information:

  • AICD ID (doc) number(s)
  • Custodial Code(s)
  • Full name and UCInetID of new Asset Representative
DSA needs to reply to the email and verify request in order to complete the process. Please allow 24 hours for changes to reflect in the system.

Buy Surplus Property

  • Surplus items are sold on an 'as is, where is, cash and carry basis'
  • No returns, no credit, no warranty. All sales are final.
  • Buyer is responsible for determining the condition of property prior to sale
  • Applicable taxes will be added
  • Moving expenses are the responsibility of the Buyer
  • Buyers must remove item(s) within one week of notification of the acceptance of a bid
  • University reserves the right to accept or reject offers/bids on each item separately, or as a whole, and to waive any offer/bid irregularities

Department employees, or their relatives, are not allowed to buy excess property originating in their department for personal use. Refer to university regulation Sec. 706-20.

View Peter Exchange listing

Contact named individual to arrange for inspection, demonstration and for the location of item

Peter's Exchange
19148 Jamboree Road (Jamboree and Birch), Irvine, CA 92612
Map and directions
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Phone: 949.824.6447 or 949.824.6100 for more information
  1. Submit offers to Equipment Management staff or submit your Bid Form (PDF) to
  2. Pay by cash, certified check or cashier's check payable to UC Regents. Be sure to add applicable sales tax.
  3. Drop off or mail the payment to UCI Equipment Management, 131 Innovation Dr. #250, Irvine CA 92617
  4. Surplus items will only be released upon receipt of payment
  1. Discuss final price with Equipment Management staff
  2. Email the account/fund to be charged to Equipment Management staff
  3. Buyer is responsible for transporting property
  4. The Facilities Management Moving Crew 949.824.5536 is available on campus to assist on a recharge basis

Sell, Transfer, or Dispose of Surplus Departmental Property

UCI Equipment Management's guidelines for the sale, transfer or disposal of surplus university-owned material including electronic waste (e-waste). Departments are not allowed to dispose of university property without the approval of the Equipment Manager.

  • Report surplus inventorial property by completing the Asset Retirement Global document located within the KFS Capital Asset Management (CAM) portlet
  • Report non-inventorial excess property, such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, recharge cables, and other electronic devices that were purchased or reimbursed by university funds or extramural contracts and grants awards funds
  • Request free pick-up of any surplus property or e-waste using the Surplus Pickup Request form. We will contact you for pickup procedures and scheduling.
    • Data storage devices containing sensitive data must be wiped/reset to factory settings by departmental IT groups first
    • It is the departmental IT group's responsibility to contact the UCOP recommended vendor, Iron Mountain, for secure data destruction
    • Lab equipment must be cleaned following EH&S guidelines for decontamination. Contact EH&S at 949.824.6200 to confirm that the equipment is clear of hazardous materials
  • 55% of the proceeds from the sale of items greater than $150 will be returned to the department

Most property, working or not, has value and may be sold or recycled. See 'Disposal of Hazardous Waste' or 'Disposal of Unsalable Furniture' below for exceptions.

Note: Refer to the CAM Update Asset Retirement Training Guide (PDF) for KFS instructions

Transferring to:

  • A UCI department without a recharge - complete an Asset Transfer in KFS
  • A UCI department or other UC campus with a recharge; e-mail Helen Chang with a detailed equipment list and an account/fund for the recharge
  • Another institution or company; e-mail Helen Chang with detailed equipment list for negotiating price

Equipment that goes to another institution or company must be sold, cannot be transferred with no charge

Note: Refer to the CAM Update Transfer Training Guide (PDF) for KFS instructions

Contact EH&S to dispose of:

  • Batteries
  • Mercury containing lamps
  • Fluorescent light bulbs, light bulbs
  • Chemical, Biochemical and Radioactive waste
  • Pharmaceutical waste
  • Paint
  • Hazardous materials

Contact Facilities Management to dispose of:

  • Office partitions and related modular furniture components
  • Worn, dirty, broken furniture
  • Any condition of wooden desks, tables, bookshelves
  • Any chairs
  • All mattresses
  • Previously built in furniture