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Mayor Kasim Reed Awards Department of Public Works Fleet Parts Maintenance Employees for Innovative Proposal to Enhance Fleet Operations
Posted Date: 3/21/2017 2:00 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2017

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Awards Department of Public Works Fleet Parts Maintenance Employees for Innovative Proposal to Enhance Fleet Operations

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that employees of the Department of Public Works Office of Fleet Services have been awarded an opportunity to implement a new innovative strategy aimed at enhancing the office’s parts management operation. The opportunity comes through Managed Competition, which is a pilot process where the City evaluates employees’ recommendations for improving operations and compares them to private sector proposals. The process allows the City to make an informed and unbiased decision about whether to continue to perform operations in-house or use a private vendor.

As part of this pilot, 16 Office of Fleet Services employees worked to develop a comprehensive proposal to manage Fleet parts replacement and fulfillment in-house, demonstrating how they could run operations more efficiently and effectively. After reviewing bids submitted by private companies and identifying the top proposal through the City’s traditional procurement process, as well as reviewing the plan submitted by members of the Office of Fleet Services, an independent consultant and review board recommended that operations remain in-house with the new strategy executed.

“I am proud to award the Fleet parts management operation to our team of public employees. This decision was made based on the thorough review and recommendations provided by the independent review board, as well as the strength of the employees’ proposal. I applaud our employees who worked hard to develop new approaches to ensuring enhanced service quality,” said Mayor Reed. “Thanks to the Managed Competition, we are seeing how city employees can flourish in an environment that fosters innovative and creative ideas which positively impact customer service.”

The Managed Competition pilot was one of the key initiatives recommended by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Waste and Efficiency, and will save the City of Atlanta approximately $3 million over the next five years.

“We are proud of the hard work the employees put into developing their proposal,” said William Johnson, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. “I look forward to working with the Department of Public Works on the new, innovative approaches proposed to the Office of Fleet Services.”

The Office of Fleet Services is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance and disposal of the City of Atlanta’s motorized equipment fleet of 4,673 units and 756 components, totaling over 5,429 pieces.

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