Before you get swept up by the hype, this number is based on estimates from federal IT managers through a survey done by a commercial vendor on implementing all of the consolidation initiatives. Also, given age of equipment and the replacement cycle, it takes a long time for total change to propagate through. In the long run, there will be savings if managed correctly. I do worry about anything that requires investment (e.g. spend money now) for future pay-off. Even if the ROIs are favorable, justification for purchase could be difficult these days. Also, consolidation and movement of IT systems, software, and resources can be manually intensive and I wonder if that figured into their calculus.