2nd annual SAVE Award starts Thursday
Federal workers with thoughts on how to save taxpayer dollars can start submitting their cost-conscious ideas Thursday as part of a White House-backed contest.
The second annual SAVE Award will start accepting submissions at www.SaveAward.gov starting today through July 22. Federal employees will be able to rank the submissions as they’re submitted by colleagues and the general public will be able to vote on the top submissions later this year. The contest winner earns a face-to-face meeting with President Obama, who will include the winning idea in his fiscal 2012 budget proposal.
Last year’s contest more than 38,000 submissions from government employees and more than 84,000 votes, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
“The basic premise here is that many of the best ideas exist on the front line,” said OMB deputy director Jeffrey Zients. “Those doing the work on the front lines have the best ideas on how to make changes. We want to reach out to the frontlines to get them.”
Last year’s winning idea came from Nancy Fichtner, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee from Colorado who suggested that VA medial centers should permit patients to take home extra bandages and medication when they are discharged. The change in policy is expected to save VA at least $14.5 million by 2014, OMB said.
Other finalists included a U.S. Forest Service worker who suggested that national forests should deposit checks at local banks instead of mailing them to a central processing facility, a Housing and Urban Development employee who wanted housing agencies to consolidate inspections, and a Social Security Administration worker who thought people should be able to schedule appointments with the agency online. Agencies included those ideas in 2011 budget proposals.
Whether you're a federal worker or not -- do you have ideas on how the government could save money? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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