DOT employees have shown me time and again their tremendous commitment to making government work better and more efficiently. They’ve submitted thousands of ideas on IdeaHub, an online community where employees can post ideas for their colleagues to comment and build upon, since its launch last August. And they’re never shy about expressing their thoughts at employee town hall meetings.
That’s why as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to modernize government, I am pleased to announce the launch of the third annual Securing Americans’ Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award competition.
Over the past two years, federal employees have submitted more than 56,000 cost-cutting ideas to the Office of Management and Budget for review in the SAVE Award contest.
And it has made a difference.
Already, ideas from federal employees are saving hundreds of millions of dollars, rooting out redundancy, waste, and inefficiency, and making government more accountable to the American people.
The goal this year is simple – to give all federal employees a chance to submit suggestions about how their agency can save money and perform better.
I know DOT employees have great ideas. If you are a federal employee, please take a minute to submit your idea or vote on others' ideas here before the deadline of Friday, July 29. It’s that easy!
If you are selected as the winner in this year’s contest, you will be invited to the White House to present your idea to the President, and your idea will be included in the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. And, as in previous years, dozens of other good ideas will be included in the President’s next budget submission.
Last year’s winner was Trudy Givens, a 20-year employee of the Bureau of Prisons from Wisconsin, who saw that no one was reading the hard copies of the Federal Register delivered to her office each day. She said it just didn’t make sense to print and send thousands of copies to employees when it’s available online.
While that may sound small, those costs add up across the federal government, and her idea is expected to save millions of taxpayer dollars each year.
I hope you will take just a minute of your time and put your idea forward. Let’s show the President and the American people that DOT is a leader in finding smart, creative ways to do more with less.