GSA Refuses to Identify Models in Fed's 17,205 Detroit Purchase

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Good afternoon,

I am responding on behalf of my colleague Bob Lesino [PR for the General Services Administration] and at this time we can’t provide any other information than what was in the press release.

Thank you.


Gee, I wonder if this has anything to do with the country of origin for these vehicles . . . TTAC will now file a Freedom of Information Act request. Press release after the jump.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration is one step closer to fulfilling its responsibilities outlined in President Obama’s economic recovery legislation. On June 1, 2009, the agency ordered 14,105 fuel efficient vehicles for the Federal fleet using $210 million of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

This brings the total number of fuel efficient vehicles ordered by GSA using ARRA funds to 17,205 at a cost of $287 million. The breakdown includes:

2,933 Chrysler vehicles for $53 million;
7,924 Ford vehicles for $129 million; and
6,348 General Motors vehicles for $105 million.

“This order represents just one of the multiple ways we are helping our customers meet their economic recovery and green government initiatives,” said Acting Administrator Paul F. Prouty.

On April 9, 2009, GSA announced that by June 1, 2009, it would spend about $285 million in ARRA funds for commercially available fuel efficient vehicles. On April 14, 2009, GSA ordered 3,100 fuel efficient hybrid vehicles, worth $77 million. By September 30, 2009, GSA will order $15 million worth of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles for use in the Federal fleet.

“GSA is committed to spending Recovery dollars quickly and wisely,” said Commissioner James A. Williams of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. “Simultaneously, we are focused on acquiring vehicles that will provide long-term environmental benefits and savings by increasing the fuel efficiency of the Federal fleet.”

Each new fuel efficient vehicle replaces, on a one-for-one basis, operational motor vehicles in the federal inventory that met replacement standards. Each new vehicle will have a higher miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating than the one it replaces.

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  • Holydonut Holydonut on Jun 11, 2009

    We might as well all submit to the GSA FOIA department... strength in numbers? All FOIA requests for the GSA must be sent to the mailing address or, alternatively, to the email address shown below: General Services Administration FOIA Requester Service Center (ACMC) 1800 F Street, NW, Room 3116 Washington, DC 20405 (202) 501-2727 Fax EFOIA:

  • CarPerson CarPerson on Jun 12, 2009

    Ask for a breakdown where the cars are going and you will get nowhere. They will go to the department heads for their commuter car instead of to the people in the field putting in 25K miles a year. Another government pork perk.

  • Scott Miata for the win.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X On a list of things to spend my time and money on, doing an EV conversion on a used car is about ten millionth.
  • TheEndlessEnigma No, no I would/will not.
  • ChristianWimmer If I want an EV then I’ll buy an EV. For city use a small EV with a 200-300 km range (aka “should last for a week with A/C or heater usage”) is ideal. But I only have space for one daily driver and that daily driver also needs to be capable of comfortable long-distance cruising at high speeds and no current EV can do this without rapidly draining its battery charge.
  • SCE to AUX I prefer original, no matter what the car is. If the car has some value, then an electric drivetrain lowers its value. But if it's just a used car, why spend a fortune to install an electric drivetrain?