Rep. David Schweikert has a new strategy to get the federal government to cut down on its massive fleet of 630,000-plus cars: summoning an Uber.
The Arizona Republican has pitched a proposal that would get three agencies to start reducing the number of government-owned cars by having them explore ride-sharing. All told, his idea—offered as an amendment to the House transportation bill—would reduce the fleets at three agencies by 10 percent.
But Schweikert said that, if the amendment passes, it’s also a way to start talking about “bringing the new economy into government efficiency.
“There’s a long-term goal here of, can we use information to allocate capital resources better?” said Schweikert, who came to the House as part of the tea-party wave of 2010. “This is sort of the first step of trying to sell the idea.”
Under the amendment, three departments—Agriculture, Interior, and Energy—would launch a pilot to trim 10 percent of their vehicle fleet and replace it with a ride-sharing solution. The language specifically says that the departments can use their discretion to “increase the use … of commercial ride-sharing companies,” but Schweikert said it’s not as simple as just getting everyone to sign up for Uber or Lyft.