OMB Unveils Best Cost-Cutting Ideas

By Tom Shoop

December 16, 2013

The Office of Management and Budget Monday announced the four finalists in the Obama administration’s annual SAVE Award competition, recognizing federal employees who come up with innovative cost-cutting ideas.

The administration created the award in 2009, saying that the best ideas for improving efficiency in federal operations often come from the front lines. According to OMB, suggestions from nominees are judged on three criteria:

This year’s finalists are:

“These ideas alone won’t solve our nation’s fiscal challenges,” wrote OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell in a blog post, “but they represent common-sense ways to reduce costs and improve our government for the American people.”

Last year’s SAVE Award winner was Education Department program officer Frederick Winter, who proposed that federal employees who use public transit benefits switch from Metro’s regular fares to the reduced senior citizen fare immediately after they become eligible.

OMB is conducting an online vote for this year’s best idea. Voting ends Dec. 20. 

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By Tom Shoop

December 16, 2013

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