The General Services Administration is exploring commercial car-sharing services as an alternative to renting or purchasing vehicles, according to an announcement Tuesday.
The agency issued a request for information Tuesday asking the private sector for car-sharing best practices and innovations that would allow agencies to focus on their missions instead of fleet services.
GSA will also launch car-sharing pilot programs in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Chicago in the coming months to measure potential cost savings and benefits for agency customers, according to GSA.
The ability to engage in car sharing would give agencies flexibility to use vehicles for a short time without have to resort to purchasing or leasing vehicles but instead paying a fee.
Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a press release that the “first-of-its-kind” car-sharing program will drive down costs and improve agency operations.
Tom Sharpe, the head of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, said this will help agencies focus on their mission and put limited budget resources where they are needed.
“We will be able to test whether it is more cost-effective and beneficial to use a car sharing service in lieu of taxi cabs, renting, leasing and/or purchasing a vehicle,” Sharpe said.