July 28th, 2009
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama's Cabinet claims $243 million in federal savings

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A challenge that President Obama made to his Cabinet in April resulted in cost-cutting measures that more than doubled the original $100 million target, his administration said Monday.

At his first Cabinet meeting, Obama asked Cabinet members to find $100 million in savings in 90 days. The deadline passed last week with no announcement, and the White House responded to reporters that information was being compiled.

The Office of Management and Budget announced the results Monday, saying Cabinet members identified $243 million in savings through the end of next year.

The Defense Department had the bulk of the big-ticket items. Replacing the standard jet fuel used by the military with commercial jet fuel was expected to save the Air Force more than $51 million, the report said. Increasing the number of soldiers per chartered aircraft going on leave was estimated to save the Army more than $33 million, it said.

The Department of Homeland Security was expected to save $47,000 by consolidating subscriptions to professional publications and newspapers, while the media relations office at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was expected to save $2,000 by using electronic copies of daily newspaper clippings instead of hard copies.

"These savings reflect the president's belief that even small savings can add up," Budget Director Peter Orszag said in a message on the OMB Web site.

Orszag added that the White House would continue to work with federal agencies "to identify further savings as part of the 2011 budget process," with hopes that such steps "will start to instill a culture of cost-savings and care when it comes to using taxpayer dollars."

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  1. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It is always funny when people talk about how government is wasting their money and how inefficient it is. In fact, all the questionable, overpriced items in the federal budget are the government contractors! Private businesses who abuse their contracts and the fact they have little or no oversight. Halliburton's embezlement of billions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction project are just a recent well-publicized example. They outsourced the actual work to cheap local labor and pocketed the difference. The decades old F-22 fighter by defense contractors is another waste. They are several times over budget trying to band-aid a project that had known flaws since the 90s, all the while demanding further funding from taxpayers. And yet people scream foul if the government dares question what they've done with taxpayer money!

    July 28, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    Considering that Obama is spending us in ever deeper debt which surpasses anything President bush spent in his eight years, Obama's savings is a tiny drop in the bucket.

    July 28, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Joe B

    great..save 243 million, spend 3 trillion...that sounds about right....

    July 28, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Obamanism

    Here's a novel idea for federal savings:


    July 28, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Tanja

    This is a good start.

    July 28, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Never Repub again

    I will bet the BUSH CRIME FAMILY is a little upset. They were setup to catch much of that waste. We should take back much of Halliburton wealth gained from no-bid contracts. Why arent the stuped Repubs upset about the NO-BID contracts. They did not say a dayum word. Obama is doing a great job. Keep it up. My prayers are with you and your family.

    July 28, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Tatianna

    Typical of Obama and dems, DOD slashing instead of slashing wasteful earmarks. Obama signed an executive order, an expenditure of 20.3 million dollars in immigration assistance to the Palestinians. Allows thousands of Gazan Palestinians to settle in the US at the American taxpayers expense. Gee, that couldve of been slashed.

    July 28, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Lotta Muni

    I'm sure that goes a long way toward balancing reducing the trillion dollars in deficit he's racked up so far this first year in office. Sort of like ordering a large meal in a luxury restaurant and leaving a nickle tip. Halfway into his first year of his first term, he's outdone what took Bush two terms! Way to go Barry! Change you can bank on!

    July 28, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Excuse me?

    And the Republicans will find some way to criticize this good news as well. Maybe their subscriptions to NRA magazines was cancelled? LMAO! So, the Cabinet alone was able to save about 1/3 of the total stimulus package. To them, I say THANK YOU! The haters will whine...all the way to public life (we can only hope)!

    July 28, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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