Federal Vehicle Fleets: GSA Has Opportunities to Further Encourage Cost Savings for Leased Vehicles

Agencies (excluding the United States Postal Service) spent about $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2012 to lease about 190,000 vehicles from General Services Administration (GSA). Recent legislative proposals have called for reductions in the cost and size of federal agencies’ fleets. Agencies may choose to have telematic devices installed in leased vehicles; the data these devices provide can be used to manage fleets. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review GSA’s vehicle-leasing program. This report addresses (1) whether and how GSA’s leasing rates, terms, and services support agency efforts to reduce fleet costs and (2) the views of selected experts regarding the cost-savings potential of telematics for fleets and the possible implications for GSA’s leasing program. GAO reviewed program policies; interviewed GSA officials; held two panel discussions with fleet managers from 10 agencies representing 80 percent of the leased fleet in fiscal year 2011; and interviewed 19 experts with knowledge about telematics or fleet management, as demonstrated by recommendations from fleet management associations, among other considerations. Responses from the panelists and experts are not generalizable. GAO recommends that GSA (1) examine the trade-offs of changing GSA’s lease-rate structure so that agencies pay for their actual fuel use and (2) request information on agencies’ experiences with telematics in their fleets and share this information with agencies. GSA agreed with GAO’s findings and recommendations.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01526349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-443
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 2014 2:14PM