DHS battles Axis of Exorbitance with software overhaul
Department of Homeland Efficiency
The US Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it's seeking a "leaner, smarter" way to preserve our freedoms and fight the global war on terror by launching an agency-wide efficiency program to cut wasteful spending.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her first hostilities against the axis of exorbitance will include consolidating the massive federal agency's software licensing purchases and eliminating non-essential travel.
Napolitano said the initiative will collectively save the DHS hundreds of millions of dollars.
Under the efficiency review, the agency will begin purchasing its "commonly used" software licenses department-wide. Each DHS department presently buys its software and negotiates contracts independently. The switch is expected to occur within the first 60 days of the program — likely bad news for smaller solution vendors that sell their wares to the government. Napolitano said the consolidation is expected to save over $47m per year, and $283m over the next six years.
Other immediate changes include jettisoning non-essential travel in favor of online meetings. The DHS also plans to stop printing documents that can be sent electronically or posted online as well as reducing the number of newspapers and professional publications it receives.
In a statement on the DHS website, Napolitano said, "I am committed to creating anew culture of efficiency at the Department of Homeland Security, and the Efficiency Review will allow us to cut costs while streamlining operations and decision-making."
Penny-pinching will hit six main categories, according to Napolitano: "acquisition management, asset management, real property management, employee vetting/credentialing, hiring/on-boarding, and information technology." ®
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DHS was not setup properly in the first place apparently(surprise). Sounds like the sole-source bonanza of the Bush years is drying up. DHS was primarily a way to appear to be doing something anyway. Intelligence agencies are still not sharing information so DHS itself is a failure from a strategic point of view in my opinion. The best way to save money at DHS would be to dissolve it and hold the agency heads accountable.
@AC 31st March 16:03 GMT
"Cost savings are debatable since to use Linux servers and other FOSS you need to invest in showers and deoderant for the scruffy neckbeards needed to drive them."
Deodorant and showers, even face-cloths and soap we mostly already have for ourselves, these days. As for the darkish dirt apparently embedded in my own whitish Funny Hat, well, that is MY dirt. I *own* that dirt. It is my property, MY Real Estate. I got it fair and square in the Old Fashioned Honorable Way - I EARNED it.
Keeps my entire head clean, that hat. Rummaging about in dusty basement-level chassis boxes and racks here and there, one needs such gear as that.
I'll be rid of it once I am entirely done with it, thank you. The dirt, that is. The hat is even prettier when clean, and a permanent trademark feature as well. Nobody'd recognize me at the bank any more if ever I ditched it, y'know?
Alien. For the Long Strange Irreplaceable Trip that it has indeed been... Gotta' luvvit. :)
The need for security flew right over your head, didn't it? With airlines, a thousand success cannot sooth a single failure. If this doesn't make sense to you, imagine the terrorists were carrying nukes. If just one gets through, BAM! It's bye-bye London(or whatever city you hold near and dear). A better question would be "How can we make our security checks quicker without hampering effectiveness?", which I hear the Israelis are quite good at.