Need a car? 500+ government vehicles just sitting around Washington DC

Government waste is a funny thing, because most everyone is outraged when they hear about real wasted money, but it's only anti-government reactionaries who use such stories to justify taking away needed services from the elderly and sick children. Still, there are more than 500 good cars just sitting around federal property in Washington.

Like the presidential security limos in the above photo, some of these government cars are basically brand new—nearly a hundred have less than 1,000 miles.


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Hundreds Of Unused Government Cars Are Just Sitting Around D.C.

Washington D.C., that shining example of efficiency, is apparently full of hundreds of government-owned cars just sitting unused in their parking spaces, some with fewer than 1,000 miles on the clock. Great job, federal government!

The Washington Post cites a new report from the Department of Defense Inspector General that claims about 511 "non-tactical" vehicles, including 89 with less than 1,000 miles, are simply parked around the District. Those vehicles are owned by various Defense Department agencies like the Navy, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, and Washington Headquarters Services.


The report says eliminating the unused cars would save taxpayers about $7.2 million over the next six years. In addition, the Defense Department was found to have no real guidelines on how to use 335 law enforcement vehicles in their fleets.

Your tax dollars and mine, hard at work. Or in this case, not hard at work.

Photo credit Elvert Barnes

Hat tip to Mike!