Seems the US Government is looking to get more than IOU's when it shovels money at Detroit. The General Services Administration plans to buy $285 million in vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and GM.

The General Services Administration supplies the U.S. Government with pretty much everything it needs to function. Among those supplies is a worldwide fleet of some 650,000 vehicles. The plan calls for some 17,500 vehicles to be purchased under existing agreements with Ford, GM and Chrysler to replace aging vehicles in the fleet. The $285 million is part of of the economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year by Congress, which budgeted $300 million for vehicle upgrades. The vehicles will include about 14% hybrids among the mix of cars, trucks and SUVs. At least Uncle Sam is getting something for its money this time. [World Car Fans]