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ACSF Prevails at GSA, Pentagon Next

January 16, 2014 in Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘DDS3’ Solicitation Mandates that Vehicle Green Factors Be Considered
Defense Department’s Upcoming WWX-6 Represents Even More Potential

The General Services Administration has sent out an RFQ advising that “continuous annual improvements in fleetwide fuel efficiency, alternative fuels use, greenhouse gas emissions intensity” and related factors be considered as suppliers vie for upwards of $200 million in package delivery work for 14 separate agencies (emphasis added).

The American Clean Skies Foundation has urged the federal government to go greener – with considerable success.

The American Clean Skies Foundation has urged the federal government to go greener – with considerable success.

GSA’s new DDS3, the Third Generation Domestic Delivery Services initiative, is part of FSSI, the agency’s Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative. Its release marks a big win for the American Clean Skies Foundation, which pushed GSA to include environmental factors in its latest procurement round (F&F, October 29).

$2.5 Billion Up for Grabs

“It is the Government’s intent to reduce as far as practicable the environmental impacts of services,” states the RFQ. The winning service provider, GSA says, “shall provide recent benchmarks for greenhouse gas intensity, fuel efficiency, and use of specific alternative fuels, along with annual targets for improvement in these measures.”

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that environmental metrics have been made a part of the vest value consideration,” says ACSF transportation director Brian Skretny. (Responses to the GSA RFQ are due February 7.)

Now ACSF is setting its sights on an even bigger prize, the Defense Department’s upcoming WWX-6 – Worldwide Express – delivery services contract. “WWX-6 is likely to be the largest package delivery contract ever awarded by the federal government,” ACSF says, “worth over $500 million annually for five years.”

Citing executive orders and the Pentagon’s own Strategic Sustainability Plan, “WWX-6 plainly falls within the category of procurements where sustainable environmental practices should be preferred,” ACSF told USTRANSCOM, the U.S. Transportation Command, at year-end.

“Because federal agencies are now required by law to consider oil consumption and dangerous air emissions in awarding new transportation contracts,” ACSF said in a follow-up release, “WWX-6 provides an exceptional opportunity for the government to lead by example.”


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American Clean Skies Foundation, Brian Skretny, 202-621-2920; [email protected]; www.cleanskies.org


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Source: ACSF with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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