DISA, DLA seeking ways to cut 20 percent from IT spending

The Defense Information Systems Agency and Defense Logistics Agency are looking for ways to trim DLA's IT spending by 20 percent, and held a daylong discussion on June 17 to explore ways to do so.

DLA spent $243 million in fiscal year 2012 on DISA-provided services, according to DLA Information Operations Director Kathy Cutler. In an official statement about the event, Cutler said that nearly a third of that spending went to custom services that may no longer be necessary.

DLA Director and Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek said smart cost reductions will come only if DISA's expertise is fully leveraged, and if the two agencies work closely together from the earliest planning stages.

"As opposed to us just saying we need ABC," Harnitchek said, "we would like you all to offer advice to us on what we really need to become more efficient and take advantage of new technology out there.

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