U.S. Government Fleet Experiencing Growth

Jun 07, 2010

The U.S. federal fleet experienced a slight growth in 2009, despite most state and local fleets experiencing cutbacks during the same period.  The U.S. government’s fleet operates more than 652,000 vehicles worldwide with 606,000 based in the United States.

The U.S.’s global fleet grew by one percent in 2009, according to the General Services Administration, the agency that maintains fleet data for the federal government.

The fleet’s growth was mostly attributed to gasoline-powered vehicles, although acquisitions of hybrids were no longer classified as gasoline powered in the data.  Sport Utility vehicles saw a rise in new acquisitions thanks to falling fuel prices, mostly to law enforcement agencies.

The agencies that added the most new vehicles last year were the Departments of Agriculture (3,925 vehicles), Homeland Security (3,340), State (1,574), and Justice (1,547).  On the other side of the coin, the Air Force and Postal Service made significant cutbacks to their fleet.

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