Cruz Bill Proposes Reform of GovGuam Vehicle Policy

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Guam -Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has introduced a new bill that would revise GovGuam’s current vehicle policy.

Senator Cruz notes that the current policy was established 30 years ago and assigns all maintenance and repair responsibilities for GovGuam vehicles to the Department of Public Works.

READ Bill 376

Bill 376 would transfer that authority from DPW to the General Services Agency. It would also require the Chief Procurement Officer to standardize vehicle fleet purchases for all government agencies, mandate 5-year maintenance contracts on all new vehicles and require all GovGuam agencies to adhere to comply with a preventative maintenance program, or lose custody of  their vehicles.

A release quotes Cruz as saying ““This legislation would modernize the government vehicle policy to eliminate inefficiencies and government waste. I believe there will be considerable cost savings.”

READ Vice Speaker Cruz’s release in FULL below:

CRUZ PROPOSES REFORM OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLE POLICY

Bill to Standardize Vehicle Purchases & Mandate Maintenance Contracts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(November 14, 2011)(Hagåtña) Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz introduced Bill No. 376-31(COR) to establish a new government vehicle policy for the government of Guam. The last vehicle policy was enacted 30 years ago and assigns the Department of Public Works with exclusive authority over the maintenance and repair of public vehicles.

The following mandates would be established if Bill No.376-31 (COR) were passed into law:

(1)      The Chief Procurement Officer would standardize vehicle fleet purchases for all government agencies, eliminating any discretion for non-fleet purchases.

(2)      The Chief Procurement Officer would mandate 5-year maintenance contracts for all new vehicle purchases.

(3)      Mandate government of Guam agencies to comply with a preventative maintenance program or lose custody of vehicles to the General Services Agency.

(4)      Transfer government wide vehicle inventory responsibilities from the Department of Public Works to the General Services Agency.

(5)      Repeal the Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Act of 1981, which restricts non-government performed vehicle maintenance and repair services.

“This legislation would modernize the government vehicle policy to eliminate inefficiencies and government waste. I believe there will be considerable cost savings from bulk vehicle purchases and a reduction of fuel costs for the entire government,” said Vice Speaker Cruz.

He added, “The Department of Defense and other federal agencies have long standardized vehicle purchases across the states and territories of the country. Luxury sport utility vehicles and unnecessary vehicle features have long inflated the cost of vehicle purchases government wide, especially federal grant expenditures. Reduced expenses will mean more funds for program effectiveness.”