The lightest and most fuel efficient vehicle that fully meets the needs of any customer requirement shall be acquired; however, vehicle total life cycle cost analysis methods should be employed where appropriate to assure the most economical vehicle is selected.
Prior to vehicle procurement, the CTO should coordinate with vehicle users to determine specific requirements. This can also be accomplished during annual utilization reviews. Once requirements have been identified, they can then be developed into specifications to be forwarded to the applicable procuring agency for acquisition, provided funding is available. In some cases where new or specialized types of vehicles or equipment are being specified, the CTO should require approval of the specification by an appropriate manager of the using department.
Vehicle acquisitions must take into account the provisions of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 and Executive Order (E.O.) 13149. These documents set forth the statutory requirements for the acquisition of AFVs by Federal agencies. The requirements emphasize that in fiscal year 2000 and beyond, 75% of light duty vehicle acquisitions in covered fleets must be AFVs. Annual EPAct and E.O. 13149 compliance is reported through FAST.
Vehicle replacement plans will be developed annually for all vehicles in the inventory. For GSA vehicles, this plan will be developed in time to meet their procurement cycle, normally starting in October of each year. It is recommended that Centers develop 5-year replacement funding plans in order to help predict the peaks and valleys in procurement funding needs for all NASA-owned vehicles (see Preface section P3 for definition of the fleet).
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