White House Launches SAVE Award Competition

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 — The White House’s third annu­al SAVE Award com­pe­ti­tion launched today as part of the Oba­ma administration’s ongo­ing effort to mod­ern­ize gov­ern­ment.
Through the Sav­ing Amer­i­cans Val­ue and Effi­cien­cy award pro­gram, fed­er­al employ­ees have sub­mit­ted more than 56,000 cost-cut­ting ideas over the past two years to the Office of Man­age­ment and Bud­get for review.

Beth McGrath, the Defense Department’s deputy chief man­age­ment offi­cer, encour­aged the department’s mil­i­tary and civil­ian work force to take advan­tage of the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sub­mit their ideas. 

“We are rely­ing on our mil­i­tary mem­bers and civil­ian employ­ees around the world to rise to the president’s chal­lenge again this year and sub­mit inno­v­a­tive ideas for how we can oper­ate the depart­ment more effi­cient­ly and effec­tive­ly,” she said. “This is an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to be heard at the high­est levels.” 

The goal this year is to give every fed­er­al employ­ee a chance to sub­mit sug­ges­tions through the SAVE Award web­site about how their agency can save mon­ey and per­form bet­ter, offi­cials said. 

The win­ner will be invit­ed to the White House to present his or her idea to Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, offi­cials added, and dozens of oth­er ideas will be includ­ed in the president’s next bud­get submission. 

Fed­er­al agen­cies will solic­it sub­mis­sions until July 29, and final­ists will be cho­sen in September. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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