OMB Claims Big Cuts in Overhead Spending but Cannot Offer Details

November 2, 2012

By the Obama administration’s count, agencies trimmed some $4 billion in overhead spending in the first half of fiscal 2012 compared with the same period in 2010.

But you won’t find a breakdown of those savings anywhere.

The same is true at the Defense Department, which claimed early last year that it will save $178 billion by 2016. The Pentagon won’t release the results of quarterly progress reviews toward that target on the grounds that they are internal deliberations.

Likewise, the Army has reported its Lean Six Sigma/Continuing Process Improvement program yielded $1.6 billion in savings in fiscal 2011, but it could not provide a rundown of the 1,400 projects that contributed to those savings.

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