A new logistics fuel card will allow military and federal agencies to purchase small amounts of specialty fuel this spring.
Defense Logistics Agency Energy has added the card to its commercial fuel card solutions to improve customer service and provide more flexibility. Customers will now be able to fill storage tanks from commercial sources around the world when short-term requirements arise. Customers were previously required to enter into a contract for this fuel and had to purchase more than 10,000 gallons in the United States or 20,000 gallons outside the United States.
“Customers had to plan their needs well in advance and go through the contracting process,” said Mike Park, office manager for the DLA Energy Fuel Cards program. “The requirements had to be met at least 120 days before and often they didn’t know if the support was available until probably 30 days.”
The LOGFUEL card launched in January and will come in handy in emergencies like last winter’s unprecedented ice storm in Texas, where customers used up a year’s worth of fuel in three months with no way to get it quickly. more, Park said.
“During events such as contingencies, humanitarian missions and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, the speed of support and the ability to respond at all times are critical to mission success,” added Pink.
The card is currently used by over 25 commissioners to purchase 100 to 2,000 gallons of fuel to fill generators used for emergency power. The US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District also uses it for the Wilson Lake project to purchase small amounts of propane for furnaces and generators.
“Our project uses propane for radio communication towers used by the FBI, Corps and County Police [the] in the event of a power outage,” said Sarah Nielson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District Transportation Tech.
The card will join four other DLA Energy customer card purchasing tools, which include the Airplane Refund Card on the Plane®, the Ships’ Bunkers® easy grab card order management system, the Swipe SEA Card® and DoD Fleet Card.
“We’re excited to bring this new fuel card to our customers and give them more flexibility to get fuel when and where they need it,” Park said. “The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to full rollout this spring.”
The DLA Energy Card Program Office works directly with DoD Acquisition Card Program Managers, General Services Administration SmartPay® Program Office, GSA Contracts Office, Office of Management and Budget and Inspector General officials to coordinate all payment card guidance and support government-wide. more than 70,000 cardholder customers and their component program managers.