Democrats and Republicans in Congress will battle over proposed cuts in federal programs in President Obama's proposed FY2012 budget
, unveiled on Monday. But the administration, seeking to put its own house in order, is looking for savings in many corners of the U.S. government.
The Obama administration is looking to squeeze a few million in savings from reducing federal travel costs, to eliminating printing expenses to painting the roofs of embassies white.
Some samples of savings the Obama administration is proposing that do not need Congressional approval, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget:
-- The Department of Agriculture would end the express delivery of empty containers to save a little more than $1 million between 2011 and 2015.
-- The Department of Homeland Security would cut out newspaper advertising of public notices of seized property, instead posting notices online, to save $5 million between 2011 and 2015.
-- The State Department would paint the roof of embassies white, to save $5 million between 2011 and 2015.
-- The Environmental Protection Agency would save $25 million by reducing travel costs and increasing teleconferencing between 2011 and 2015.
-- The National Archives and Records Administration would save $16 million between 2011 and 2015 by ending the mailing of the Federal Register to federal government offices. The Federal Register already is posted online.