November 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm #114456
In order to bring new ideas to Washington, President Obama launched the first ever SAVE Award last year. The purpose of the SAVE Award is to get ideas from federal employees on the frontlines to make government work smarter for the American people. This year the American people are being asked to select this year’s winner.
What are your thoughts? Will you vote?
November 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm #114462
Some of my favorites:
Post Public Notice of Seized Property Online, Not in Newspapers. – I see this all the time too – why can’t we do that online
End the Mailing of Thousands of Federal Registers to Government Employees. – I like how she says not to just completely end it. But just simply require people to opt-in if they really want it. I feel like most government information should move this way – away from paper but allow people to opt-in if really care.
November 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm #114460
The numbers are also pretty amazing – More than 18,000 ideas were submitted this year, and federal employees weighed in with more than 164,000 votes to help the Administration identify promising ideas to save.
November 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm #114458
Since you were one of the over 57,000 people who voted, I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that the winner of the 2010 SAVE Award is Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin.
Trudy is a 19-year veteran of the US Bureau of Prisons in Oxford, Wisconsin. She noticed that copies of the Federal Register — the Federal Government’s official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents — were delivered to her workplace several times per week, but employees rarely referenced the documents. The Federal Register was made available online years ago, so Trudy thought the government should end the printing and mailing of thousands of Federal Registers to employees.
The budget team at OMB did a little digging and found that Trudy was right — most folks access the Register online, but it is still sent to thousands of Federal employees in hard copies every day.
This sounded like a common-sense idea for savings to us — and it did to thousands of you as well. As this year’s winner, Trudy will be invited to meet the President to discuss her idea with him in person.
You can learn more about Trudy’s idea and the other finalists — Marjorie Cook from the Department of Agriculture, Paul Behe from the Department of Homeland Security, and Thomas Koenning from the Department of Labor here:
All the finalists and all SAVE Award submissions have been sent to the agencies for potential action and inclusion in the FY2012 Budget. Last year, a total of 20 SAVE ideas made it into the President’s FY2011 Budget – including the winner and the other three finalists – identifying millions of dollars in savings.
Thank you to all the Federal employees who submitted ideas to boost government performance and to everyone who voted for the 2010 SAVE Award. Each of us in the Federal Government has the ability and the responsibility to pitch in to make every tax dollar count. Not just during the SAVE Award competition, but all year round.
Chief Performance Officer, The White House
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