President Obama's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget stressed the need to reduce the deficit and increase efficiency during her April 9 confirmation hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.Sylvia Mathew Burwell, who currently heads up the Walmart Foundation and was previously president of Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, garnered promises of support from Senators of both sides of the aisle.
Past Government Accountability Office reports recommended various agencies find savings through consolidation, but consolidation "involves weighing costs as well as benefits and can be complex and challenging to implement," says a new GAO report.
The Homeland Security Department would be in store for cuts relative to its budget request for the coming fiscal year under a House of Representatives appropriations bill approved 231-188 on June 2.
The federal government has embarked on a study of its data centers, hoping to consolidate the more than 1,100 now in use, save money and create new efficiencies. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said that