Rep. Perry's Homeland Security bill passes House

Greg Gross, 505-5433/@ggrossyd

Federal representatives passed a bill by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, that would require the Department of Homeland Security to better manage its vehicle fleet.

The Department of Homeland Security Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act, House Resolution 4785, now heads to the Senate for a vote.

The bill stems from a 2015 report by the inspector general that found mismanagement in the vehicle fleet for Federal Protective Services, which falls under DHS, according to a news release from Perry's office.

The report found that protective services had more vehicles than officers and that officers were allowed to drive the government-owned vehicles to and from work, among other things, the release states.

The management failures in protective services cost taxpayers $2.5 million in 2014.

The bill would require DHS to evaluate its fleet on an ongoing basis and identify alternative management methods. It would include penalties for mismanagement and put the fleet management under the purview of the DHS undersecretary for management. 

“With the second-largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government, DHS must have stricter controls in place at the headquarters level in order to rein in rogue components. Every dollar wasted on mismanagement is one less that goes to actually protecting the public," Perry said.

Perry is the chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee.

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