The USDA, Agriculture Research Service maintains a large fleet of vehicles which average less then 1,500 miles a year each. Recommend each ARS location that maintains more then 6 vehicles be required to consolidate their vehicle inventory so as to ensure vehicle usage averages at least 12,000 miles a year. Purchasing and having vehicles sit idle is a waste of limited government money. Vehicles that site idle also results in wasted maintenance cost due to tires dry rotting and annual inspection requirements. Cutting the number of ARS vehicles not needed to conduct official government services, by just 5,000 vehicles, would save taxpayers well over 1/2 million dollars annually.
Idea No. 14588