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Secretary Napolitano Rolls out DHS Efficiency Review Initiative

Release Date: 
March 27, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled today the DHS Efficiency Review initiative, a major program to improve efficiency and streamline decision-making through a series of agency-wide initiatives ranging from eliminating non-mission critical travel to acquiring enterprise licenses for commonly used software, which are collectively expected to lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in cost avoidance.

Secretary Napolitano outlined the plan at the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) state-of-the-art Systems Integration Facility at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, where TSA tests new explosives screening systems – to be funded with $1 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – before being deployed to airports around the country.

"This very facility is a great example of efficiency at work," said Secretary Napolitano. "I am committed to creating a new culture of efficiency at the Department of Homeland Security, and the Efficiency Review will allow us to cut costs while streamlining operations and decision-making. Over time, this will make DHS a leaner, smarter agency better equipped to protect our nation."

Secretary Napolitano announced six main categories of initiatives: acquisition management, asset management, real property management, employee vetting/credentialing, hiring/on-boarding and information technology.

The Efficiency Review plan encompasses simple, common-sense reforms, as well as longer-term, systemic changes. Initiatives are broken down into 30-, 60-, 90- and 120-day groupings indicating when implementation will begin. Within the first 30 days, DHS will eliminate the printing of all documents that can be sent electronically or posted online and consolidate subscriptions of professional publications to lower costs and avoid duplication. Longer term, the plan calls for energy efficiencies at the workplace, the consolidation of employee trainings and orientations, and an assessment of all full-time/ part-time employees and contractors to better manage our workforce and fulfill our core mission.

On Feb. 17, Secretary Napolitano issued a DHS-wide action directive to identify current and past efforts to improve efficiency, resulting in an inventory of more than 700 initiatives implemented over the past five years. She then established an Efficiency Review Steering Committee with representatives from across DHS components, along with a full-time Efficiency Review Team composed of department veterans that shaped the initiative. The initiative includes a plan to encourage and collect employee-generated efficiency ideas from across the department's workforce.

As Governor of Arizona, Secretary Napolitano oversaw a similar program, comprised of initiatives in procurement, energy conservation, travel, fleet management, training and electronic communications, that resulted in more than $1 billion in savings and cost avoidances for the state government.

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