DC Deficit Fixer: Print on Both Sides of Paper

$102M in painfully obvious cuts shows how outdated gov't is
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2009 10:12 AM CDT
The Justice Department will start printing on both sides of paper.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – A short while ago, President Obama called on his Cabinet to make budget cuts in their departments totaling $100 million. They came up with $102 million, but some of the cuts were so obvious one wonders why it took a presidential edict to elicit them, the Wall Street Journal notes. They show how "unbelievably outdated" the government is, adds a watchdog:

  • The Justice Department is printing on both sides of paper, saving an estimated $573,000 through fiscal 2010.
  • Homeland Security will email documents more often, instead of printing them, saving $318,000.

  • Homeland Security will also drop subscriptions and start getting news free online, saving $47,160.
  • The Forest Service will stop painting white vehicles green as soon as it gets them.
  • The Navy will delete unused email accounts to save $5 million.
  • FEMA will start reusing or selling old trailers, rather than dumping them, saving $3.8 million.
(Read more savings stories.)