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August 23, 2010

Iowa joins GovDeals.com to sell seized property

APPANOOSE COUNTY — DES MOINES —  The State of Iowa is joining more than 3,100 government agencies nationwide and 13 other municipalities and public agencies in contracting with GovDeals' online auction solutions.

 GovDeals (www.govdeals.com) is an online auction service for city, county and state governments or agencies. Specifically, GovDeals is designed to enable public entities and their agencies the ability to sell surplus and confiscated vehicles, assets, property and equipment over the Internet. GovDeals also supports the redistribution of excess assets within public institutions. Since 2004, GovDeals has assisted Iowa governmental agencies in selling more than $980,000 of surplus or seized property.

 GovDeals was awarded the contract after responding to a Request for Bid issued by the State of Iowa.

 "We have learned that online auctions are the most effective and efficient way to sell our surplus equipment," said Barbara Bendon, State Property Manager for the State of Iowa. "The success that other public agencies have had with this vendor indicate this will be a winning situation for state government and the citizens of Iowa."

 Bidders can register to participate in Iowa auctions free of charge by going to ia.govdeals.com

 About GovDeals and Liquidity Services, Inc.

GovDeals, Inc. is a subsidiary of Liquidity Services, Inc.  LSI and its subsidiaries enable corporations and government agencies to market and sell surplus assets quickly and conveniently using online auction marketplaces and value-added services. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has over 700 employees worldwide. Additional information about LSI can be found at: www.liquidityservicesinc.com.

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