Senators propose shrinking federal vehicle fleet

The sums the government spends buying and leasing "nonessential" motor vehicles would shrink by 20 percent under a bill introduced on Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The proposal, originally offered by the fiscal commission appointed by President Obama, could save $500 million if enacted by 2012, the lawmakers said.

"This is a common-sense 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."

A spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which tracks the fleet and publishes the "Guide to Federal Fleet Management," said the agency does not comment on pending legislation.

Citing numbers from GSA's "Federal Fleet Report" and a Government Accountability Office report, the senators pointed to 662,000 nonmilitary cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, trucks, buses and ambulances owned or leased by federal agencies. Cumulatively, they consume a million gallons of fuel daily. The lawmakers said the fleet has grown by 32,000 vehicles since 2006 at a cost of a $1 billion, and that some 63,794 vehicles were purchased in fiscal 2010 alone.

The senators acknowledged the importance of mission-critical and national security-related vehicles, but they asked why SUVs are needed by the National Science Foundation, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Small Business Administration.

The bill would exempt the U.S. Postal Service from the cuts, and it would task agency inspectors general with monitoring nonofficial vehicle use and reporting results to Congress, while also finding ways to reduce the fleet further.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.