Instrument Sales and Service, Inc. strongly supports the introduction of H.R. 1613 Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015 on March 25, 2015

This bill requires the head of each federal agency to encourage the use of remanufactured vehicle components to maintain federal vehicles if using such components reduces the cost, while maintaining the quality, of such vehicles. Sponsored by Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI), this legislation recognizes the many benefits associated with the use of remanufactured parts, including environmental, economic and improved product performance.

H.R. 1613 is companion legislation to S. 565, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 25, 2015, by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and James Lankford (R-OK). Both pieces of legislation are titled, Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015.

The Bill notes that in March 2013, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that confirmed that—

(1) There are approximately 588,000 vehicles in the civilian Federal fleet;

(2) Federal agencies spent approximately $975,000,000 on repair and maintenance of the Federal fleet in 2011;

(3) remanufactured vehicle components, such as engines, starters, alternators, steering racks, and clutches, tend to be less expensive than comparable new replacement parts; and

(4) The United States Postal Service and the Department of the Interior both informed the Government Accountability Office that the respective agencies rely on the use of remanufactured vehicle components to reduce costs.