Devises and Bequests to the Government
The United States may receive both testamentary and inter
donations of either real or personal property, if they are
unconditional. See United States v. Burnison, 339 U.S. 87 (1950).
or donations to specific departments, agencies, and
the United States can only be accepted if that entity has specific
statutory authority to receive them. Notice of a devise or bequest
should be forwarded to the Commercial Litigation Branch, which will
ascertain the authority of the beneficiary agency, and its wishes
matter. If acceptance is desired, the USA will be asked to enter an
appropriate appearance in the probate proceeding.
[cited in USAM 4-4.450]