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Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010

Proposed Domestic Cuts
and Savings, in billions
Reduce Congressional & White House budgets by 15%0.8
Freeze federal salaries, bonuses, and other compensation at non-Defense agencies for three years
15.1
Cut the federal workforce by 10% (2-for-3 replacement rate)
13.2
Eliminate 250,000 non-defense service and staff augmenteecontractors
18.4
Reduce unnecessary printing costs
0.4
Create a Cut-and-Invest Committee charged with trimming waste and targeting investment
11
Terminate low-priority Corps construction projects
1
Slow the growth of foreign aid
4.6
Eliminate a number of programs administered by the Rural Utility Service (formerlyREA)
0.5
Eliminate all earmarks
16
Eliminate funding for commercial spaceflight
1.2
Sell excess federal property
1
26 other options of $2 billion or less

Proposed Defense Cuts
and Savings, in billions
Apply the overhead savings Secretary Gates has promised to deficit reduction 28
Freeze federal salaries, bonuses, and other compensation at the Department of Defense for three years 5.3
Freeze noncombat military pay at 2011 levels for 3 years 9.2
Double Secretary Gates’ cuts to defense contracting 5.4
Reduce procurement by 15 percent 20
Reduce overseas bases by one-third 8.5
Modernize Tricare, Defense health 6
Replace military personnel performing commercial activities with civilians 5.4
Reduce spending on Research, Development, Test & Evaluation by 10 percent 7
Reduce spending on base support 2
Reduce spending on facilities maintenance 1.4
Consolidate the Department of Defense’s retail activities 0.8
Integrate children of military personnel into local schools in the United States 1.1
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