The White House this week launched its fourth annual competition for money-saving, waste-cutting ideas from federal employees.
Previous winners of the Security Americans Value and Efficiency Award (SAVE) have come up with a repository of tools and equipment for NASA employees building flight projects; electronic delivery of the Federal Register from snail mail, and a system that allows veterans to bring home medications they take while in the hospital, where they previously landed in the trash when patients were discharged.
Many of the ideas, even if they don’t win, have ended up in President Obama’s annual budget requests.
Past competitions have drawn more than 75,000 entries from federal workers across the country, according to the Office of Management and Budget, which runs the program. The ideas are narrowed to the four best, then thrown out to the public for a vote.
The winner will present the idea to Obama in a face-to-face meeting. The runners-up don’t get a meeting, but their ideas will appear in next year’s budget request if the administration stays in office.
The award program began in 2009 as a morale booster for the federal workforce and is an effort to publicize the administration’s focus on cutting waste. It’s unclear how many of the ideas have been implemented.
Submissions are due by July 24.