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Federal Fleet Vehicle Budget Reduction Proposed

June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Senators, Tom Coburn, M.C. (R.-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill that would reduce the federal fleet’s vehicle budget by 20 percent. According to a news release from Shaheen’s website, if passed, this bill would reducing the amount the federal government can spend on buying and leasing non-essential vehicles and save approximately $500 million.

The federal fleet operates 662,000 vehicles and consume more than 1 million gallons of fuel daily. The release states that since 2006, the budget for vehicles owned or leased by the federal government has increased by a total of $1 billion.

This bill follows on the heels of a memorandum from President Obama that mandates federal agencies right-size their fleets and purchase alternative fuel vehicles.

“At a time when Americans have to stretch their dollars to fill up their gas tanks, it is wrong for the federal government to waste millions of dollars on non-essential federal vehicles. Enacting the recommendation of the president’s own debt commission to reduce the number of vehicles deemed non-essential should be an easy step.  We simply can’t afford to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need,” Coburn said.

The proposed bill would ask the Inspector General for each federal agency to review use of their vehicles to find more areas where each agency can save.

“This is a commonsense place for us to cut wasteful spending,” Shaheen said. “The government’s vehicle budget has grown considerably over the last several years, and it just doesn’t make sense. There’s no reason for some of these agencies to own fleets of SUVs, which are expensive to own and to operate. The government can get by with fewer vehicles.”

Comments

  1. 1. Don Gard [ June 30, 2011 @ 01:00PM ]

    I wish the senators would look at having the General Services Administration over see all government vehicles (except for the Post Office). GSA is responsible for over 200,000 vehicles in the United States. They have a proven track record in having lower cost and for providing quality vehicles.

  2. 2. Phil Sodgrass [ July 01, 2011 @ 05:49AM ]

    I am a Fleet Rep for the General Services Administration, I manage 900 vehicles that are used in the state of Georgia by civilians and military personnel. For more than 11 years I've tried to get the CDC to turn in some of their under utilized vehicles. I provide the Atlanta CDC offices with 97 vehicles, more than half average less than 200 miles a month. I've been told that the researchers on staff don't want to share a vehicle with anyone else, they feel the deserve their own GOV, regardless of the mileage driven each month. In the past I have been told by GSA management to back off telling CDC to right size their fleet, now it seems even the President is suggesting all agencies take a look at their government fleets. Keep this subject in the news because government agencies have become accustomed to using vehicles because they have the authorization to have them, no one ever reviews what an agency actually needs. The push for teleworking should eliminate the need for vehicles. We are in the first year of providing subcompact sedans for my USDA inspectors who do travel by themselves and don't need anything larger than a Ford Focus, but they all seem to have a medical condition that prevents them from driving a small vehicle. Government workers need to realize being patriotic is more than standing for the national anthem, doing more with less is also displaying your patriotism.

 

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