re: Federal IT Savings, Or Old-Fashioned Spending Shuffle?
As someone close to the problem (but not a Fed), I have to agree that there is ample room for efficiency improvements in government IT. But, don't focus only on the cost of IT. Focus, too, on realizing a return on investment that lowers the total cost of the agency, not just IT. Benchmarks by Hackett have shown that companies that spend MORE on IT than their peers also spend LESS on other business functions, and by more than enough to cover the higher IT costs.
Congressional law (Clinger-Cohen Act) and OMB policies require that federal government projects go through a selection process to ensure those with the greatest benefit are funded. How about favoring projects that a hard dolloar ROI, not "cost avoidance" or "soft savings." If a project is proposed to save labor, then lay somebody off when the system is in place. If a data center consolidation project is to reduce facilities cost, then reduce the agency's budget...don't hide it elsewhere.