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Centralizing Vehicle Fleet Operations and Implementing Cost-Saving Strategies Could Reduce State Spending, Report No. 11-16, April 2011
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  • State law requires the Department of Management Services (DMS) to manage the state’s vehicle fleet, but the department has delegated much of its authority to agencies and primarily serves an advisory role. This decentralized system hinders coordination, which reduces efficiency and increases costs. The current system also limits DMS’s ability to optimize the use of the existing fleet, develop a uniform model for replacing the state's numerous aging vehicles, and implement statewide fuel and maintenance management contracts. In addition, some agency practices, such as assigning vehicles to employees that do not meet mileage use thresholds and providing mileage reimbursements to staff that extensively drive personal vehicles, may also increase state costs.
  • There are several options for improving fleet management and reducing costs, including centralizing all fleet operations under a single agency, centralizing some fleet operations under a single agency, requiring all agencies to use statewide fuel and fleet maintenance contracts, and outsourcing additional fleet services.

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What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-13 Centralizing Aviation Operations and Implementing Cost-Saving Strategies Could Reduce State Spending,published in March 2011.
  • Report No. 02-31 Improved State Vehicle Management Could Save Florida up to $2.4 Million Annually,published in May 2002.
  • Report No. 96-84 Review of State Vehicle Fleet Purchasing,published in May 1997.

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