InformationWeek – White House: IT Reform Will Save Government $2.5B

PortfolioStat program, launched in April, has identified dozens of ways for agencies to consolidate systems, buy in bulk, eliminate duplication, says report.

White House efforts to root out wasteful IT spending in federal government have identified 98 "opportunities" for consolidation, with potential savings of $2.5 billion over the next three years.

Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday gave a progress report on the federal PortfolioStat program, launched in April with a goal of identifying duplicative and unnecessary IT spending.

Agencies were required to conduct an accounting of their IT systems and assets in 13 areas and identify those that are "commodity" in nature. Agencies then developed action plans for consolidation, which were reviewed in meetings with federal CIO Steven VanRoekel.

"OMB worked with agencies to review their data and compare their spending to other agencies and private sector benchmarks in order to assess the agency's current state and develop a list of opportunities to reduce inefficiency, duplication, and unnecessary spending," Zients wrote.

White House efforts to root out wasteful IT spending in federal government have identified 98 "opportunities" for consolidation, with potential savings of $2.5 billion over the next three years.

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