President Barack Obama released his FY 2012 budget proposal yesterday.
In it, he reiterates his administration’s goal to move towards a cloud-first policy as a way to create efficiencies in the federal government and, in turn, save money.
“By consolidating data centers and leveraging cloud computing the Federal Government will reduce the Nation’s data center footprint, strengthen security, and yield savings in the form of real estate, energy, equipment, and maintenance costs that can then be redirected toward the projects with the greatest benefit to the American taxpayer.”
The President also plans to make government more efficient by:
- Cutting improper payments by $50 billion
- Disposing of excess or under-utilized federal buildings
- Reorganizing the government
- Reducing administrative overhead
- Moving to competitive grant programs based on Race to the Top
- Saving billions of dollars in contracting
- Continuing to evaluate program performance
- Continuing to drive progress on priority goals