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Mercury Associates Helps U.S. Government Agencies Increase Efficiency and Reduce Fleet Management Costs

Projects include work with Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, General Services Administration, and National Park Service

Gaithersburg, Md. — November 19, 2007 — Mercury Associates, Inc. is working with several U.S. government agencies on a variety of fleet management consulting projects designed to streamline operations, increase efficiency, and reduce the costs associated with operating and maintaining the agencies' vehicle and equipment fleets.

Mercury and its partners have won a number of contracts for projects that include evaluating the General Services Administration's (GSA) fleet size and consolidating the Department of State's (DOS) fleet management operations.

Here is a partial list of Mercury's federal government clients and the work performed for them:

Customs and Border Protection

As part of the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) annually purchases thousands of vehicles which must be retrofitted to meet the mission of protecting U.S. borders. Under its Logistics Worldwide GSA Master Schedule contract, Mercury was awarded a Task Order contract to assist CBP with upfitting new vehicles and with setting up additional vendor locations to increase production capacity and speed the preparation of vehicles for service.

Department of Homeland Security

Mercury Associates is providing professional management support to the Office of Asset Management and Logistics (Personal Property) under is Logistics Worldwide contract. Along with its partner Defense Solutions, Inc., Mercury is delivering executive level services on aircraft policies and procedures across all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bureaus.

In 2005, Mercury reviewed the vehicle allocation methodologies used by various agencies within DHS. The combined fleet totals over 36,000 vehicles operated by DHS organizations, including the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection; the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Transportation Security Administration; the Secret Service; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; the Coast Guard; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; the Office of Inspector General; and Departmental headquarters.

Department of State

Mercury is facilitating and supporting consolidation of DOS' fleet management, including vehicles and equipment, operations, and administration. Consolidation was a key recommendation made by Mercury and its partner Runzheimer International following their Agency-wide study of all DOS foreign and domestic fleet programs and owned and leased vehicles. The goal is to ensure that State manages its fleet more efficiently and effectively through implementing an appropriate fleet management organization as well as policies and tools to support its embassies and diplomatic protection services worldwide.

To address the challenges posed by consolidation, State has created a Fleet Working Group which will focus on broad fleet management issues. Subcommittees of the group will tackle operational requirements such as a fleet management information system and updated fleet policy.

General Services Administration

Mercury is assisting GSA with right-sizing its fleet by creating an electronic tool to determine the appropriate size of its fleet. The effort is part of a Federal-wide initiative known as a Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM). The electronic tool will require vehicle users to justify retention of low-use vehicles or the addition of new vehicles. The users will answers a series of questions that are processed through proprietary algorithms developed by Mercury to determine whether the vehicle is approved, and if so, the type of vehicle recommended. GSA's fleet includes approximately 1,200 vehicles with an estimated budget of about $4.8 million. Projected GSA cost savings will be calculated at the end of the project. Mercury's contract is in cooperation with Runzheimer International.

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for approximately 390 parks in seven regions across the U.S. as well as the U.S. Park Police headquartered in Washington, D.C. Working with its partner Defense Solutions, Mercury is developing strategic fleet management plans for the NPS regions. Mercury will identify past and present fleet management practices and propose new management direction and improved operational activities. Mercury and Defense Solutions will also undertake fleet management studies for individual parks throughout the United States. Parks for which studies have been completed include:

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

NPS' goal is to improve overall cost-effectiveness, management, and efficiency for its fleet of about 11,000 vehicles, not including heavy equipment. In addition, NPS is taking action to meet Department of the Interior requirements and Executive Orders to use a fleet management information system, right-size its fleet through a vehicle allocation methodology and justification protocol, and reduce petroleum consumption.

About Mercury Associates

Mercury Associates, Inc. is the largest independent fleet management consulting firm in North America. Founded in 2002, Mercury consultants have provided consulting services to more than 500 private and public-sector organizations, including Fortune 500 companies such as ARAMARK, BNSF Railway, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Laidlaw, and Sprint; U.S. federal government agencies including NASA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Homeland Security, Interior, and State; 33 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S., including the 10 largest, and more than half the states. In 2006, Mercury Associates established an international affiliate program creating a network of partners to assist it in providing fleet management consulting services worldwide. Mercury Associates is a U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Small Business Administration certified small business enterprise. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Mercury Associates has consultants located throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.mercury-assoc.com.

 

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