Senior military technology leaders said they expect advances in thin-client computing, tiered data storage and other innovations in information management will help them achieve substantial savings to cope with inevitable budget cuts on the horizon.
Procurement contracts available to federal agencies cover most, but not quite all, of what agencies need to buy products and services to migrate to the cloud, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner with the General Services Administration’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, told a cloud computing conference.
The struggling Postal Service is going forward with a plan to trim its processing centers by half to save up to $3 billion a year, even though the proposal would require job losses and reduced services.
The Department of Defense faces the prospects of additional budget cuts on a scale that would swamp all efforts to avoid change. If the congressional Super Committee fails to find an acceptable solution, the Pentagon would have to cut $600 billion. This would mean cutting up to $100 billion from the fiscal 2013 budget alone.
House Republicans late Wednesday introduced a short-term funding measure to keep the government running through mid-November. It appears designed to avoid the threat of a bitter partisan battle that could lead to a shutdown.