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Campaign to Cut Waste saves $4 billion, Zients says

Sep. 4, 2012 - 03:34PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

Agencies saved more than $4 billion on costs such as travel and printing in the first half of fiscal 2012, according to a top Obama administration official.

That puts agencies halfway toward the administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste goal to reduce costs by $8 billion by the end of fiscal 2013, Jeffrey Zients, acting Office of Management and Budget director, said in a Sept. 4 blog post.

“We are spending less money, and we’re spending it smarter in order to get the most bang for our buck,” Zients wrote.

He said the Social Security Administration is cutting the number of cars in its fleet and reducing its use of petroleum to help cut costs.

Other examples of reduced costs include:

å $4.7 million in fiscal 2012 savings through an effort at the Agriculture Department to consolidate its more than 700 cellphone plans and 36,000 phone lines.

å $80 million reduction over the next five years in Air Force printing costs by shifting to electronic forms and digital document sharing.

å Reduced travel costs at the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service through increased teleconferencing.

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