Obama Orders Agency Spending Cuts on Travel, Technology and Swag

November 9, 2011

President Obama is ordering steep spending cuts that will mean less travel for federal employees and strict limitations on government-issued computers, printers, vehicles — and even office swag.

The White House said Obama will sign an executive order Wednesday requiring federal agencies to make 20 percent spending cuts on travel, equipment and technology, a move that should save billions of dollars annually, according to a senior administration official familiar with the plans.

Wednesday's order is another step in the White House's goal of identifying bite-sized initiatives that don't require congressional approval and demonstrate unilateral actions taken by Obama to jumpstart the economy and curtail federal spending. It is also part of the administration's ongoing Campaign to Cut Waste launched over the summer during the contentious debt negotiations to demonstrate the administration's willingness to make spending cuts. 

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