President Obama Seeks to Stop ‘Unnecessary Printing,’ Spending on Swag

WASHINGTON, DC—Nov. 09, 2011—President Obama announced he would sign an Executive Order that will cut waste and promote more efficient spending across the federal government. With this order, the President is directing agencies to

  • reduce spending on travel;
  • limit the number of information technology devices (e.g. cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops) that can be issued to individual employees;
  • stop unnecessarily printing of documents that can be posted online;
  • shrink the executive fleet of the federal government; and
  • stop using taxpayer dollars to buy swag—the plaques, clothing, and other unnecessary promotional items that agencies purchase.

(Details of the cuts in each area are provided on page 2.)

Overall spending in the areas covered by the Executive Order will be reduced by 20 percent, saving billions.

This Executive Order builds on the progress that has already been made through the Campaign to Cut Waste. At President Obama’s direction this Administration has taken up an unprecedented effort to downsize the Federal real estate footprint, and is on track to save $3.5 billion in Federal real estate costs by the end of Fiscal Year 2012. The Administration has cracked down on waste in contracting, cutting contracting spending for the first time in more than a dozen years and slashing spending on “no bid contracts” by $5 billion.

In addition to today’s Executive Order signing, the White House will announce this year’s SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award finalists. The SAVE Award was launched in 2009 to seek ideas from frontline federal employees to make government more effective and efficient and to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

This year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received nearly 20,000 ideas from across the country. With the announcement of the four finalists, voting will now begin to select the SAVE Award winner. Anyone can vote for his or her favorite idea on The winner of this year’s SAVE Award will come to the White House to present their idea to the President.

  • Lieutenant S

    Here’s a ground breaker:

    Cut Duplicative and Unnecessary Federal Employees/Departments

  • Leo Klebanow

    Regarding printing costs, I once worked as a consultant for a mid-size print company in PA that did quality color printing for the federal government. One job we did was a three panel folder printing 4/4. Have spent most of my career in printing I knew that the art was setup incorrectly. I told the plant manager what I noticed and he said he has been instructed by the GPO not to mention any discrepancies that may be be observed in the artwork and just do the job as is. We did and it was wrong. It cost the government hundreds of dollars more to correct this preventable error. I wonder if this policy has ever changed. Who oversees what the GPO purchases and controls expenses incurred? On a lower level, I did some work with a high school in FL with a printing program. I was shocked at how much more was paid for supplies than needed to and was told not to rock the boat.

    These are probably two examples out of "millions" on how the government spends much more of our tax money than need be.

    I don’t mind paying my fair share of taxes but when the money spent is not properly controlled, I firmly believe that something should be done about this.

    I am willing to work in this capacity in any area of government where spending is not controlled properly. This probably means almost all areas.

  • American Biker 1

    Who spends more money on travel then Obama and his wife and all his friends he flys around with him…a seperate plane to ride his dog in…what the hell. Lets tell him cost cuts begin at home. How much does he spend on all his vacations. Practice what he preaches.

  • RED

    Here we again. This man along with all of his ComRATS on BOTH sides of the isle continue to pee on our feet and tell us its raining. Unbelievable!

  • Charlie

    Save money get rid of congress and all the rest of the BS in washington and that wont lead to unemployment they dont pay into also cut all goverment saleries by 10 % and pentions and have them pay into medical just like the rest of us

  • t2rent

    So , we are supposed to think the best way to encourage growth is to stop spending,
    or to cut back on …., which means the company that has been producing this product
    will have to let go of the employee(s) that have been producing this product ..really!!

  • dan

    just some facts to counter the bs of some comments in this and other threads:

    To put Obama’s use of Air Force One into context, we also asked for travel data for his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Bush took 89 missions and 259 sorties in 2002, his second year as president, according to the airlift group. And in his first two years, Bush took 148 missions with 416 sorties, compared with 126 missions with 324 sorties for Obama over two years.

    So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

    Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.