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Obama Announces Return of the SAVE Award

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2010 – President Barack Obama wants federal employees to submit their ideas for eliminating government waste and saving American taxpayers’ money as part of the 2010 SAVE Award program.

Obama made the announcement in a video on the White House website July 8.

“If you see a way that the government can do its job better or do the same job for less money, I want to know about it,” he said.

The program – its acronym stands for “securing Americans’ value and efficiency” -- began last year and was an instant success.

“In just three weeks, federal employees submitted more than 38,000 ideas identifying opportunities to save money and improve performance,” said Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Nancy Fichtner, a fiscal program support clerk at the Colorado Veterans Affairs Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., received the 2009 SAVE award for her proposal that saved about $2 million. She suggested that the Veterans Affairs Department find a way to reuse medicines that are prescribed by physicians, but not used by patients.

The deadline for submissions is July 22, with the winners being announced in September.

“In a change from last year, we also are asking federal employees to help rate the submissions from their fellow workers,” Orszag said. “This new feature will allow employees to apply their insight to the evaluation process, making sure the best ideas make it into the fiscal 2012 budget.”

Some of the most innovative ideas for efficiencies and savings come from those federal employees on the front lines, Obama said.

Civil servants interested in submitting their ideas should go to http://SAVEAward.gov.


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7/15/2010 10:09:02 AM
I believe this is a great way to get federal employees to help save goverment money. We have a program in place where I work that's similar to this that recognizes employees who initiate actions to save our organization money. I'm not sure if this has a monetary award for the winner but this would be an added incentive for the person(s) who receives the award.
- Adrienne, TX

7/13/2010 3:08:42 PM
Require all of the House and Senate to take a pay cute. Take a look at how much the House speaker and other are paying for their offices. Do away with the the house speakers place. During touch times everyone needs to do thier part. If we just looked at these three it would be a big amount of savings.
- Dewayne Dunn, Indiana

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