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With all eyes riveted on the debt-ceiling drama, the Office of Management and Budget on Monday announced that federal employees had submitted "an incredible 19,559" ideas for new agency economies.

That would be 1,000 more entries for the president's Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award than were submitted for last year's contest, according to OMB communications and strategic planning adviser Kenneth Baer.

OMB will now review the submissions and select the best for a public vote. One pretty good idea -- ending automatic delivery of print copies of the Federal Register --- is not in the new batch. It was the winner of last year's award.

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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