With energy costs and greenhouse gases on the rise, the US Government is looking for ways to minimize fuel consumption and expenditures. Two Executive Orders have been released to help accomplish this: 13423, Strengthening Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management, and 13154, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. Together, Executive Orders 13423 and 13154, specify that government agencies must lead by example, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the use of alternative fuel sources within transportation fleets. Agencies are expected to reduce their petroleum consumption in fleet vehicles by 2% annually through the year 2020. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently contracted Offspring Solutions to identity how the FDA could best meet the agency’s goals of reducing fuel consumption, and increasing the use of alternative fuel sources within its fleet.
Gathering and Visualizing the Data
The analysis completed by Offspring Solutions encompassed the Food And Drug Administration’s (FDA) Fleet Management Program for the FDA Office of Facilities, Engineering and Mission Support (OFEMS), and the Logistics, and Transportation Management Branch (LTMB). Offspring’s analysis was conducted using FDA vehicle data held in both the Motor Vehicle Management and Information System (MVMIS), and the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (F.A.S.T.) database.
The FDA spans the entire nation, which translates to several million miles driven by over one thousand different vehicles each year. Making sense of such a large amount of data is a job that is best left to creative data scientists. By leveraging the latest in technology to create interactive charts, Offspring’s team was able to visualize the FDA’s massive amount of fleet data in a readily understandable way. This made it easy for Offspring to communicate its findings when describing just how the FDA’s fleet costs could be reduced based on certain actions.
Offspring was able to determine a number of ways in which the FDA could minimize petroleum consumption goals within the coming years. Some of the recommendations included reassigning hybrid vehicles when appropriate, ensuring that flex-fuel vehicles make use of available E-85 fuel sources, and by reducing the number of miles traveled by fleet vehicles through a more strict approval process.
Offspring Solutions has helped a number of other government agencies make sense of their data…Big or small. We have highly trained Data Scientists on staff who are experienced in working with a myriad of toolsets to extract the hidden value in Big Data. For more information on the importance of Big Data, have a look at the previous blog post, Understanding And Interpreting Big Data.