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S ec t i on 4 : Op port un i t i e s
Transportation Management in the Federal Government
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Section 4:
Opportunities
For government agencies, policy sets the course. Establishing realistic
policy is the best way to get both the agency and carrier on the same
system and processes. During interviews, members of both agencies and
carriers admitted they have avoided some action, even if it was poten-
tially beneficial, because there was no mandate to do it.
Instituting new government-wide regulation would change the game,
but that’s rigorous, time-consuming and generally a long-term goal.
Working within existing policies is likely the best place to start
combining efforts.
There is an existing mandate for government agencies to audit every
single freight order they undertake. This may offer the best opportunity
to begin developing a strategy to improve communications, visibility,
and cost-effectiveness of federal transportation spending.
Paired with this is a suggestion for how to structure future freight transpor-
tation management changes in the government: Combine like efforts and
agencies into groups or clusters operating in an integrated manner.
The concern with clustering groups of related agencies around similar
systems is that useful practices and applications will not be found if all
agencies aggregate transport requirements and dilute their operations to
meet the needs of the masses.