Cuts to Federal Fleet Endorsed by House

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CQ Today Online News) — The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would cap the number of cars federal agencies may rent or buy, shrinking the size of the federal vehicle fleet.

The measure (HR 6324), passed by voice vote, would bar agencies over the next five years from spending more than 80 percent of the amount they spent on leasing or purchasing civilian vehicles in fiscal 2010. It would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to ensure that agencies share excess or unused vehicles with other agencies that need cars.

The legislation, introduced by New York freshman Republican Richard Hanna in August, bypassed consideration by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee before House passage.

The federal vehicle fleet consists of about 449,000 civilian and non-combat military cars, trucks and other vehicles, excluding postal trucks, the Government Accountability Office reported in August. The study found that agencies’ use of such vehicles has increased 7 percent since fiscal 2005; the Veterans Affairs Department fleet, however, grew by 49 percent over the same period.

In May 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum requiring the GSA to determine the optimal federal vehicle inventory in order to eliminate unnecessary vehicles.

Annie Shuppy contributed to this report.

Source: Rachel Blade, CQ Staff, CQ Today Online News

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