On December 9, 2014, the White House held an event that brought together NASCAR, White House leadership, the U.S. Department of Transportation, tire manufacturers, and tire dealers to highlight common sense opportunities of properly maintaining tires, especially in regard to tire pressure. By enabling a driver to travel farther on a gallon of fuel, proper tire maintenance combined with the use of low rolling resistance tires could save a driver up to $80 per year, and avoid up to 560 pounds of annual carbon dioxide pollution, equivalent to nearly 600 miles of emission-free driving. For more information, please see the White House Fact Sheet (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/09/fact-sheet-increasing-safety-and-efficiency-while-saving-money-pump) highlighting new executive actions and private sector commitments to increase awareness about tire safety and efficiency. You can also view the Department of Transportation’s report, “Be TireWise: Save Money at the Pump, Increase Efficiency, and Protect Your Safety” at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/tire_report_final.pdf.

 

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GreenGov Is Looking For Your Ideas!

 

The White House is launching the second GreenGov Challenge! If you’re a federal employee, share your idea on how the federal government can lead by example in eight different categories — from climate change mitigation and resilience, to water conservation, to waste reduction. Submissions are open until 5 December 2014. After the submission period closes, GreenGov will release the approved submissions and all federal employees will be able to vote for their favorite ideas. Read about it.

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New Report: U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

 

Fuel economy gains for new vehicles continue under President Obama’s Clean Car Program

New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg) ‑– a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years. The average carbon dioxide emissions are also at a record low of 369 grams per mile in model year 2013.
EPA’s annual “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2014” report tracks average fuel economy of new cars and SUVs sold in the United States. The report also ranks automakers’ achievements in model year 2013. Read the rest of this entry

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Following the lead of popular low-cost commercial car-sharing ventures, GSA is actively pursuing similar initiatives to help federal agencies reduce costs, improve efficiency, and optimize vehicle use.  In pursuit of these initiatives, GSA issued an award to four vendors to provide car sharing services on August 26, 2014. The four vendors will provide car-sharing as an option for federal employees that use government vehicles on a short-term hourly basis, not to exceed the one-day maximum.  Read the rest of the article.

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Federal Agencies Telematics Experiences

 

In the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report “Federal Vehicle Fleets: GSA Has Opportunities to Further Encourage Cost Savings for Leased Vehicles” (GAO-14-443), GAO recommended that GSA request information from agencies on their experiences with telematics in their fleets. Read the results from the survey that GSA conducted.

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As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced today that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing “drop-in” biofuels to meet the transportation needs of the military and private sector. Made through the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Protection Act (DPA) of 1950, the awards support the Administration’s goals to boost and diversify the domestic fuel supply base, make American warfighters less beholden to volatile oil markets, and strengthen national security. Read the press release.

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The NTSB will hold a public forum to discuss the problem of drowsy driving, its prevalence, and how it affects driving safety in noncommercial vehicles. Invited panelists will examine the risk factors associated with drowsy driving and consider various countermeasures to address drowsy driving and drowsy driving crashes. Read the announcement.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today joined with safety advocates and law enforcement officials to announce the Department’s annual Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk drivers. With an average of one person losing their life every 51 minutes due to an alcohol-impaired driving crash, this year’s announcement includes a special focus on both the personal and economic costs of drunk driving. Read the press release.

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HHS Fleet Summit

 

Please Join Us at the Health and Human Services Fleet Summit

 After surveying numerous Fleet Managers in recent years, it appears that there are at least five persistent challenges facing Fleet Operation. What is the best approach for data capture? Telematics play an important role now and in the future. The Summit will address:

 1)    Keeping drivers safe (while operating government vehicles),

2)    Accountability,

3)    Sustainability,

4)    Accurately tracking and reporting assets, (telematics)

5)    Ensuring compliance with home-to-work initiative and,

6)    Uncovering causes of mystery damage to your vehicles.

 Please join us at the Health and Human Services Fleet Summit on June 19 & 20, 21014 at the host site:

HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Facility

 Mission Support Center Maryland

6701 English Muffin Way

Frederick, MD 21703

 The Fleet Summit will facilitate communications among peers, provide a forum for ideas and an atmosphere focused on problem solving solutions.  The goal is to assist Fleet Professionals in resolving evolving issues particularly when budgets are tightening year-over-year. Topics that will be discussed during this two day Summit include:

 -         How to gain labor acceptance when implementing a vehicle monitoring solution?

–         How do I manage the program efficiently?

–         What value does the program bring to the Agency?

–         Common challenges and concerns

–         Government fleet collision analysis

 For more information and questions or to register, contact:

Jim Kerr via email (Jim.Kerr@hhs.gov)

The agenda and registration form follows: Read the rest of this entry

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societal harm. Read the press release.

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