Obama Administration Details $102 Million in Administration Spending Cuts

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jul 27, 2009 6:09pm

Speaking of the $100 million one Citigroup trader might receive from his company – which received $45 billion in taxpayer bailout funds – here comes some Orszagulous news: the administration has proposed $100 million in spending cuts. 

Ninety-eight days ago, at President Obama’s first Cabinet meeting on April 20, the president asked his Cabinet to come up with $100 million in spending cuts within 90 days. 

Today the administration made that list public, with $102 million in cuts that would be realized in FY 2009. 

“In a memo that Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu and I sent to the President,” Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag writes, “we report that agencies have identified 77 cost-saving measures that meet these criteria – amounting to $243 million in savings through 2010 and $265 million including savings in the out-years. Of this, about $102 million would be realized in FY 2009, and about $140 million would be saved in FY 2010.” 

Some examples: 

·         The Department of Agriculture’s US Forest Service will stop re-painting newly purchased vehicles. Savings: $1.8 million. 

·         Officials of the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services canceled a trip to Australia. Savings: $36,000.

·         The Department of Homeland Security will stop printing and distributing reports and documents that can be sent electronically or posted online. Savings: $317,765. 

·         The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region got rid of their airplane. Savings: $845,000. 

·         Department of Justice employees will make their travel arrangements online instead of through travel agents. Savings: $4 million. 

·         Department of Justice computers will be configured to automatically shut-down, reducing power consumption and costs. Savings: $35,000. 

·         Department of Justice copiers will be configured to automatically print double-sided, reducing paper consumption and lowering costs. Savings: $573,000. 

·         The Navy will modify maintenance procedures for submarines to reduce costs and focus on the highest priority work. Savings: more than $10 million. 

·         The Air Force will replace JP-8, the standard jet fuel used by the military, with commercial Jet A fuel plus the military additives. Savings: $51 million. 

·         The Department of Education will require all D.C.-based conferences with 250 people or less expected to take place in one of their own two buildings – saving upwards of $65,000 a year.  

·         The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will now provide their daily clips in electronic format. Savings: $2,000. 

The list of recommended savings by Agency can be read HERE and the list of proposed savings in financial terms is HERE.  



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