Budget Office Decentralizes Cost-Cutting Contest


Agencies will now be in charge of collecting practical cost-savings ideas from their employees for the annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award, rather than channeling all proposals through the Office of Management and Budget.  

Acting budget director Brian Deese announced the change in a July 18 memo to agency heads providing guidance on handling of the broader presidential management agenda in their fiscal 2016 budget preparations.

The SAVE Award has generated 90,000 ideas in six years—90 of which have been incorporated in the president’s budget—savings hundreds of millions of dollars, Deese noted. Resulting efficiencies have ranged from reduced hard copies of the Federal Register, to greater use of senior discounts for employee transit subsidies, to opting for ground delivery rather than next-day delivery of agency packages.

“Last year, as part of the administration's effort to institutionalize the SAVE Award process, federal agencies were invited to identify top ideas from those  submitted through the White House SAVE Award website and through their own internal employee savings and efficiency idea programs, if they have one,” the memo said.

“Following the successful employee engagement programs established at the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, agencies are encouraged to develop or enhance their own internal savings and efficiency idea programs,” he said.

The Office of Management and Budget will continue to review ideas from front-line employees and “help identify best practices among federal agencies and assist agencies as they work to strengthen existing programs and create new internal programs,” Deese said. “Agencies are encouraged to recognize employees with agency-selected ideas and include those ideas in their budget and performance plans.” 

(Image via larry1235/Shutterstock.com)

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.