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S ec t i on I : I n t roduc t i on
Transportation Management in the Federal Government
| Best Practices Report: 2012
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The GSA issued this Federal Management Regulation (FMR) bulletin
in July 2012 with the hope of both preventing improper charges and
using requisite data to improve the ability to manage transportation
operations. It is not only important to adhere to these regulations, but
use them as a stepping stone to improve freight payment across the
board and manage spending that, according to the
Governmentwide
Transportation Policy Study
, can get out of control—though true
spending levels are as uncertain as the data the government collects
on them. It’s also worth noting that the GSA’s auditing standard is
often more stringent than the best practices
American Shipper’s
research
has found in the private sector.
With auditing being the thread that ties all agencies together, it serves
as the best place to look to when exploring and developing practices to
improve the civil transport space. Perhaps more important, the data
created and captured through the payment and audit process offers
tremendous opportunities to integrate and optimize transportation across
government sector agencies that heretofore have done little to collaborate.
Thus the following report explores the many challenges that govern-
ment sector agencies face when managing—and ideally optimizing—
transportation management, the opportunities for improvement, and
some recommendations on how to begin the modernization process.
The findings of this report are based on in-depth interviews with a
selection of government sector agency officials charged with managing
transportation, and a number of the logistics service providers and
industry experts they employ. For more information on the method-
ology of this study, see the Appendix of this document.
The data created and
captured through the
payment and audit
process offers tremendous
opportunities to integrate
and optimize transporta-
tion across government
sector agencies.