Voting Opens for Federal Workers’ Cost-Saving Ideas
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2012 The White House opened voting today to determine the winner among this year’s four finalists in the President’s Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award contest.
President Barack Obama launched the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award program to gather ideas from federal employees to make government more effective and efficient and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. Vote for one of the four 2012 finalists at http://www.whitehouse.gov/save-award. Courtesy image
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The voting is open to everyone, not just federal employees, and will continue until noon Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. The winner will present his or her idea to the President in the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama established the SAVE program in 2009 to seek cost-cutting ideas from the federal workforce. More than 85,000 cost-cutting ideas have been submitted over the past four years. Scores of those ideas considered most promising and innovative have been included in the President’s budget, officials said, specifically in the cuts, consolidations and savings section.
Elizabeth A. McGrath, the Defense Department’s Deputy Chief Management Officer, said the program has become a mainstay in an era of budget uncertainty.
“The SAVE Award is particularly relevant in austere times,” McGrath said. “In the face of fiscal constraints, the department must continue to seek innovative ways to save money, eliminate redundancy and optimize our operating environment.”
The public can vote for their favorite idea online at the SAVE program website, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/save-award.