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Five-year contract provides logistics and fleet management consulting and support services to U.S. federal agencies worldwide

Gaithersburg, Md. — Nov. 29, 2006 — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a GSA Logistics Worldwide Services Schedule (LogWorld) contract to Mercury Associates, Inc., the largest independent fleet management consulting company in North America. Mercury Associates' services under LogWorld are designed to help increase efficiency and reduce the costs associated with the acquisition, allocation, utilization, maintenance, and management of vehicles and equipment. Federal agencies worldwide can use LogWorld to procure logistics and fleet management consulting and support services. The estimated value of the contract is $2.5 million over five years.

The LogWorld Schedule includes pre-negotiated rates and reduces the lead time and administrative costs for government organizations to contract with industry experts, and because Mercury Associates is a small business, government agencies can also gain points toward their small business goals by contracting for Mercury Associates' services.

"Mercury Associates consultants are former public and commercial fleet managers with extensive consulting experience. Our work with agencies such as DHS, GSA, NASA and the State Department brings added value to the services we provide under LogWorld," said Paul Lauria, President of Mercury Associates. "We understand government fleet management operations and budget constraints, and we are dedicated to providing the best value for our services."

Under the LogWorld Schedule, government agencies can utilize Mercury Associates' distribution, transportation, and fleet management consulting capabilities for services ranging from agency-wide strategic studies and maintenance plans to more focused projects, such as information system implementation or vehicle utilization and allocation analyses. In addition to consulting services, Mercury Associates will be able to help government organizations meet their short and long-term fleet staffing needs by supplying experienced fleet management staff to support their operations. Services include analyzing, reporting, evaluating, planning, and implementing strategies and tactics for managing government transportation networks, supply chains, acquisitions, deployment, operations, and maintenance. For more information on LogWorld services, go to

Federal Fleet Management

According to the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy, in 2005 the U.S. federal government operated more than 630,000 vehicles and used over 366 million gallons of fuel, which resulted in an overall federal fleet cost to taxpayers of $3.5 billion. Recognizing that fuel and operating costs are on the rise while agency budgets remain tight, some federal agencies have taken steps to improve the management of their large fleets of vehicles.

Mercury Associates recently assisted GSA, NASA, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Smithsonian Institution and other agencies with their efforts to make significant management improvements to the growing federal fleet, which increased approximately 6% from 2000 to 2005. Mercury Associates is currently conducting a comprehensive analysis of fleet management functions at the State Department, including vehicles and equipment, operations, and administration and management for all State Department foreign and domestic fleet programs, and owned and leased vehicles. Mercury will provide a plan for improvement based on the results of its vehicle fleet management study.

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


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