Teen comes up with a way to save U.S. Government $400M

A 14-year-old student from Pennsylvania claims to have come up with a cost cutting proposal that could save the government $400 million.

According to Suvir Mirchandani, all the government has to do is switch the font it’s using in documents from Times New Roman to a the font called Garamond.

Mirchandani said it would save a lot ink, and a lot of money along with it. The teen said the federal government alone would save $136 million dollars per year.

Mirchandani’s proposal started as a science fair project on how his school could save money.

According to The Independent, Gary Somerset, media and public relations manager at the Government Printing Office, described Mirchandani’s work as “remarkable”, but would not discuss whether the GPO was prepared to actually to actually implement Suvir’s idea.

10 comments

  • Sourcing Specialist

    Another cost cutting measure would be to eliminate desktop printers all together and install MFDs throughout their facilities (ratio 15:1). Through effective negotiation (with either a RICOH or CANON), their printing costs would reduce by over 50%. In addition, the maintence they currently pay on their devices due to the aged fleet, would be eliminated (or drastically reduced).Of course, there are other measures they could take outside of printing to reduce costs (ie minimize the number of Pcards available to employes, company travel, renegotied with Grainger, AT&T, and other indirect or direct service providers).

    Lastly, incorporate annual cost cutting (productivity) targets into all of their annual contracts with each of their suppliers. I bet there is much more on the table than most of us realize. The savings will be in the Billions!

  • Dick Beninya

    I got a better idea! Why don’t they scrap half the laws and regulations! Then take what’s left and simplify it by cutting the wording in half. Then cut the printing further by only printing it in English. Problem solved

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