One Congressman Wants Federal Employees to Use Uber to Get Around

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By on September 24, 2015 in Agency News with 34 Comments

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Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) has introduced legislation that would require some federal agencies to sell cars that they own and subsequently encourage federal employees to use ride-sharing companies to get around town.

H.R. 3592 states that its goal is to “establish a pilot program to reduce the number of vehicles owned by certain Federal departments and increase the use of ride-sharing services.”

In specific terms, it would direct the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Energy to reduce the size of their light vehicle fleets by 10%, either by selling them or through “appropriate disposal of such vehicles.”

The bill is also clearly directing the secretaries of each of the three agencies to push their employees to “increase the use by the department of commercial ride-sharing companies” for their transportation needs.

While it doesn’t specifically define “commercial ride-sharing companies,” companies such as Uber or Lyft would be obvious transportation choices for employees at these agencies.

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