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Obama to meet with SAVE Award winner

President Obama shakes the hand of White House Budget Director Jacob J. Lew in July 2010. (Ron Sachs/VIA BLOOMBERG)

Matthew Ritsko submitted his proposal as part of last year’s third-annual SAVE Award — a White House contest that seeks cost-cutting ideas from rank-and-file federal employees. As part of his submission, Ritsko suggested that NASA establish an agency “lending library” to avoid duplicative purchases of expensive tools.

“It’s like a toolshed at your house” where tools are retrieved and then returned, Ritsko told Obama in November when the president held a videconference with the contest’s four finalists.

During the meeting, Obama said he liked the idea of having all NASA workers use “the same super-duper space wrench” instead of buying more than one. Ritsko won the contest a few days later.

All of the winners have earned an Oval Office meeting with the president and their ideas have been included in the formal White House budget request. But none of the ideas has been formally approved by Congress.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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