H.R. 1246: To reduce amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction

H.R. 1246

To reduce amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction

Sponsor
Rep. Allen West

Date
April 4, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 4, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1246, an Act to reduce amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority for passage.  H.R. 1246 was introduced by Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on March 29, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1246 would reduce by 10 percent the amounts authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for FY2012 for printing and reproduction under Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and defense-wide operation and maintenance funds.

Background

This legislation is being considered under the YouCut initiative, which was designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress.  The Department of Defense (DoD) proposes to spend $357 million on printing and reproduction services in Fiscal Year 2012.  While paper copies are often necessary for mission accomplishment, DoD should be encouraged to reduce spending on high-quality, glossy color prints (such as the ones accompanying the FY12 budget rollout and other reports and briefings to Congress).  Favoring a black and white, two-sided copy can be sufficient.  Coupled with emergent technologies such as electronic document transmission, the Department should focus on processing information more efficiently.  A 10 percent reduction to this account would result in $35.7 million in savings in FY12, reaching nearly $180 million in savings through FY16.

Cost

There is no CBO cost estimate available at this time.