E-Government presents a new wave for slashing wages and costs of government. Edit
Up to half a million jobs will be cut from the French civil service over the next 10 years as part of a drastic plan to use e-government technology to boost productivity and slash public spending. Those reforms were put forth by the minister for civil service. "Cutting jobs is something that we were previously too afraid to talk about. But this is an obligation, not a political choice," he said.
Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania needs to cut too. Our wages and pension bills exacerbate our debt. As people retire, they can't be replaced. We'll need to leverage better uses of technology to fill in the gaps. One of the keys to maintain services comes from an e-economy.
I'll present a tougher approach to public spending that ignores high-tech advancements and hopes. Many low-tech efforts can be greatly enhanced with some high-tech support.
Many governments the world over are giving serious looks at increasing the use of open source software. Edit
The French civil service director said that cutting the software bill for the government by half is an achievable target, and that migrating some of the government's 900,000 desktop computers to open source technology is one of a range of options being considered. 
- UK efforts of note.