Fiscally, Physically Fit at OMB
It's day one of Fiscal Year 2010 (woohoo!) but the White House is already thinking about Fiscal Year 2011.
The winner gets a meet-and-greet with President Obama and their idea will be included in the his proposed FY 2011 budget. The agency with the highest participation rate also gets a prize. (More money in the budget, perhaps?)
Federal employees still have two weeks to submit their ideas to SaveAward.gov (Then leave your cost-saving ideas in the comments section below).
In another development, Orszag has also just challenged his OMB colleagues to beat his physically fit lifestyle by tracking their physical activity and overall health.
Employees competing in the new OMB Pedometer Challenge will get a pedometer to track their steps and overall physical activity. An internal Web site will allow OMB staffers to enter their health statistics, record their daily steps and compare them to Orszag's. The most active employee wins a lunch with Orszag at the White House and the most active team wins a "healthy happy hour." (Do Bloody Marys count?)
Pedometers helped increase physical activity by as much as 27 percent by increasing average daily steps by more than 2,000 per day, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association cited by OMB.
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