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New initiative estimated to save an additional $1 million

[FEB. 13, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Furthering Gov. Blagojevich's commitment to create a more efficient and accountable state fleet system, Central Management Services announced that they have selected a fleet consulting firm to help save the state of Illinois an estimated $1 million through additional reductions and management reform.

After a competitively bid Request for Proposal process, CMS chose Maximus, a firm with over 25 years experience in fleet reviews, including extensive experience relating to large government fleets and private sector fleets. Maximus was awarded the highest technical points and provided the lowest cost proposal. Maximus' compensation is directly tied to the achievement of the state's savings goals.

"Since the governor directed CMS last year to overhaul our state fleet we have reduced it by 1,710 vehicles, saving an estimated $3.5 million," said CMS Director Michael Rumman. "This reduction in fleet has had no impact on state operations or in our delivery of services. We are confident that further reductions are expected as a result of this study and our partnership with Maximus."

 

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Maximus will assist the state in determining the most cost-effective methods to provide necessary transportation to state employees as tools for performance of their jobs. The analysis, which is expected to take approximately five months, will include a review of individual agency fleets and the state fleet as a whole. It will determine the most cost-effective alternatives between owning vehicles or reimbursing employees for the use of their own vehicles when practical.

As a result of this initiative, the state also expects to see a transformation of the state's fleet management organizational structure and funding model, in addition to a higher degree of accountability through implementation of best practices and benchmarking for vehicle policy development.

[Illinois Department of Central Management Services
news release]

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