Federal employees responsible for managing agency vehicle fleets are expected to make the most efficient use of their vehicles, but they also have to comply with federal mandates that may be long-term, strategic in nature and often are not fully funded.
For federal fleet managers, striking the balance between day-to-day responsibilities and complying with these overarching mandates is a perpetual challenge. They must implement comprehensive fleet management programs that use best practices for procuring, replacing, operating and maintaining agency vehicles, while wrestling with how to introduce changes to processes and procedures.
Many agencies do not count fleet management as a core competency. Simple bulletins, such as a mandate to meet alternate fuel quotas or a potential requirement to reduce all federal fleet sizes, may appear straightforward to agency heads, but present real challenges to fleet managers. It is crucial that fleet managers have the tools to identify the true total cost of ownership (TCO) to drive future rightsizing and green fleet decisions. By using a structured, diagnostic approach to calculate TCO, fleet managers will have the information needed to make difficult changes.