Senate Passes Perry Legislation to Reduce Waste at DHS
Washington, May 3, 2017
Washington, D.C. -- The Senate unanimously passed U.S. Representative Scott Perry’s (PA-4) bipartisan legislation to reduce wasteful spending at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill was amended by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The bill now returns to the full House for a final vote before heading to the President to be signed into law.
The DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act ("DHS SAVE Act"), H.R. 366, requires the DHS Under Secretary of Management to improve management of its vehicle fleet.
“I'm really encouraged by Senate passage of my legislation to help drain waste and inefficiency from DHS. We're one step closer to protecting taxpayer dollars. I thank Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for bringing this to a vote. I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line,” Rep. Perry said.
In October 2015, the DHS Inspector General (IG) released a scathing report of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) management of its vehicle fleet, a report that's
like a laundry list of poor management decisions. The IG found that FPS had more vehicles than officers, and officers were authorized to drive to and from work with government-owned vehicles. FPS also was “not in compliance with Federal and departmental requirements.” According to the IG, FPS wasted more than $2.5 million in FY14 on its vehicle fleet due to numerous management failures.
In December 2015, Representative Perry, in his capacity as Chairman of the Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee, convened a hearing to examine findings of the IG report.