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S. 2193: Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 26, 2019 (Referred to House Committee).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2193

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 26, 2019

Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

AN ACT

To require the Administrator of General Services to issue guidance to clarify that Federal agencies may pay by charge card for the charging of Federal electric motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act or the CHARGE Act.

2.

Payment by charge card for charging Federal electric motor vehicles

(a)

Definitions

In this Act—

(1)

the term Administrator means the Administrator of General Services;

(2)

the term charge card

(A)

means a card, plate, coupon book, or other means existing for the purpose of obtaining money, property, labor, or services; and

(B)

includes—

(i)

a card issued under the GSA SmartPay program; and

(ii)

a Fleet Services card;

(3)

the term covered electric motor vehicle means a passenger carrier that is—

(A)

a passenger motor vehicle; and

(B)

an electric motor vehicle;

(4)

the term electric motor vehicle has the meaning given the term in section 601 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. 13271);

(5)

the term electric motor vehicle charging station means a battery-charging station that permits the transfer of electric energy (by conductive or inductive means) to a battery or other storage device in an electric motor vehicle; and

(6)

the terms Federal agency and passenger carrier have the meanings given those terms in section 1344(h) of title 31, United States Code.

(b)

Guidance

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue guidance to clarify that each Federal agency may, in accordance with section 1344 of title 31, United States Code—

(1)

charge a covered electric motor vehicle at a commercial electric motor vehicle charging station; and

(2)

pay for a transaction described in paragraph (1) with a charge card.

(c)

Issuance of charge cards

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue to each Federal agency a charge card for each covered electric motor vehicle of the Federal agency that may be used by an officer or employee of the Federal agency to pay for charging the covered motor vehicle in accordance with the guidance issued under subsection (b).

Passed the Senate November 21, 2019.

Julie E. Adams,

Secretary