The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS) as a user-friendly desktop application to promote the integration of asset management activities into utility practices. CUPSS leads users through a series of modules to collect information on the utility's assets, operation and maintenance activities, and financial status to produce a prioritized asset inventory, financial reports, and a customized asset management plan. CUPSS is free software that makes managing assets easier. It is a desktop system, so no Internet connection is needed, and the software requirements are minimal. CUPSS was designed and developed with input and suggestions from a diverse stakeholder group. CUPSS is designed to help you establish a successful asset management program. Asset management is important for many reasons. Managing assets helps a utility run more efficiently, so you'll spend less time and energy tracking tasks and finances. Three important components of asset management are a comprehensive list of current assets, including information on their condition and useful life; an understanding of the daily/monthly/yearly tasks to maximize the useful life of the assets; and a clear organization system for financial records, which helps identify trends and determine the full cost of doing business. Successful asset management programs are characterized by a commitment to: Allocate people, time, and other resources to implement the program; Focus on making cost-effective asset decisions; Provide a sustainable level of service for the community.