On Oct. 1, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan bill that will allow federal employees to use their government purchase cards to charge government-owned electric vehicles, which can save taxpayer dollars and improve energy efficiency, according to a report by Government Executive.
The General Services Administration (GSA) manages the “fleet service cards” agencies use for repairs and refueling of government leased and owned vehicles. The “Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act” requires the GSA to issue guidance that says federal employees can use their government cards to charge their federal electric cars––which previously weren’t covered–– at commercial gas stations. Within 180 days of the bill’s enactment, the GSA administrator must issue charge cards to the agencies that can be used for electric vehicle charging. The Senate passed the bill last December, and the House passed it on Sept. 14.