USA — Obama Calls Gates Announcement ‘Step Forward in Reform’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 — Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma today called Defense Sec­re­tary Robert M. Gates’ announce­ment con­cern­ing Pen­ta­gon effi­cien­cy ini­tia­tives “anoth­er step for­ward in the reform efforts he has under­tak­en to reduce excess over­head costs, cut waste, and reform the way the Pen­ta­gon does busi­ness.”

In a writ­ten state­ment, Oba­ma added that the ini­tia­tives “will ensure that our nation is safer, stronger, and more fis­cal­ly respon­si­ble.”

Here is the com­plete text of the president’s state­ment:

Today, Sec­re­tary Gates advanced our effort to invest in the defense capa­bil­i­ties that we need in the 21st cen­tu­ry, while being respon­si­ble and account­able in spend­ing tax­pay­er dol­lars.

I have long said that we need to change the way that Wash­ing­ton works so that it works bet­ter for the Amer­i­can peo­ple. That’s why we under­took the Account­able Gov­ern­ment Ini­tia­tive — to make gov­ern­ment more open and respon­sive to the Amer­i­can pub­lic, and to cut waste and inef­fi­cien­cies that squan­der the people’s hard-earned mon­ey. This effort is par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant when it comes to our nation­al defense, since waste and inef­fi­cien­cy there detracts from our efforts to focus resources on serv­ing our men and women in uni­form, and to invest in the future capa­bil­i­ties we need.

Today’s announce­ment by Sec­re­tary Gates is anoth­er step for­ward in the reform efforts he has under­tak­en to reduce excess over­head costs, cut waste, and reform the way the Pen­ta­gon does busi­ness. The funds saved will help us sus­tain the cur­rent force struc­ture and make need­ed invest­ments in mod­ern­iza­tion in a fis­cal­ly respon­si­ble way. Change is nev­er easy, and I applaud Sec­re­tary Gates and his team for under­tak­ing this crit­i­cal effort to sup­port our men and women in uni­form and strength­en our nation­al secu­ri­ty. These reforms will ensure that our nation is safer, stronger, and more fis­cal­ly respon­si­ble.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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