Opportunities To Reduce the Cost of Government Vehicle Operations

LCD-77-215: Published: Feb 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1978.

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P.L. 83-766 and Executive Order 10579, issued in 1954, authorized the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) to consolidate, take over, acquire, or arrange for the operation by any executive agency of motor vehicles for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating interagency motor vehicle pools or systems.

GSA has had some success in consolidating agency vehicle fleets into 100 interagency motor pools, but additional consolidation could save more money. From a review of eight motor pool operations, it was estimated that $743,000 could be saved annually if these operations were included in the interagency system. GSA maintains that it did not absorb the motor pools because of funding limitations which prevent feasibility studies. Other deficiencies noted were: GSA has not restudied exemptions and deferrals granted as long as 15 years ago to agencies, allowing them to operate separate motor pools; it is not providing enough vehicles to meet agency requirements, resulting in agency use of commercial leasing or purchase of vehicles; and GSA has leased rather than purchasd vehicles when purchase could have save $5.5 million.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: The Administrator of GSA should: inform the Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) whenever funding limitations impede efforts to make feasibility studies and establish motor pools; direct that previous conditional exemptions and deferrals granted agencies be restudied; refuse to grant exemptions or deferrals, thereby requiring agencies opposing consolidation to justify their positions to OMB; and establish a program to replace leased vehicles with Government-owned vehicles. If additional funds are needed to replace overage and leased vehicles, GSA should prepare a financial plan to support any request for additional appropriations.


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