GAO Urges Federal Agencies to Reduce Unused Vehicles

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GAOThe Government Accountability Office has called on federal agencies to reform their assessment processes for federally leased vehicles in order to help reduce underutilized fleets.

GAO said in a report released Thursday that the General Services Administration should establish a mechanism to facilitate discussion between fleet managers and their fleet service representatives over underutilized vehicles.

According to GAO’s findings, 18 of 51 fleet managers said they did not have the opportunity to identify unused vehicles with their FSRs.

GAO also found that the assessment processes used by the U.S. Air Force, Bureau of Indian Affairs, NASA, National Park Service and the Veterans Health Administration failed to reduce underutilized vehicles.

More than 1,500 vehicles leased by the Air Force, BIA, NPS and VHA failed to meet utilization criteria, according to GAO.

The government watchdog took into consideration the fleet size and vehicle records for the fiscal year 2014, surveyed fleet managers, assessed fleet policies and interviewed federal officials for the report.

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