Voting began on Monday for the Obama Administration’s 2010 SAVE Award. Anyone may vote in the contest from a selection of four finalist submissions.
The person responsible for the winning idea will have the opportunity to meet with President Obama and discuss his or her idea directly with him.
Each idea entry submitted will be reviewed by the respective oversight agency and it will be implemented if it provides cost savings and efficiency to the respective process.
The SAVE program was created by the Obama administration in 2009 as an incentive program for government employees to submit ideas on how government processes could be altered and run more efficiently and effectively, resulting in savings in taxpayer funds and increased competency in the functioning of the respective agency involved.
According to whitehouse.gov, twenty SAVE Award ideas were implemented in President Obama’s 2011 budget.
If you wish to vote in this year’s award, please visit the 2010 SAVE Award page on whitehouse.gov.
The four finalist suggestions for 2010 are:
Stop the Express Delivery of Empty Containers. Marjorie Cook from Gobles, Michigan is a food inspector in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS inspectors ship 125,000 samples to labs each year using “Express Next Day” service. Those labs use the same costly shipping method to send empty containers back. As Marjorie put it, “We could save a bundle by having those boxes shipped back through regular ground service.”
Require Mine Operators to Submit Reports Online. Thomas Koenning of Littleton, Colorado works in the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Information Technology Center. Currently, mine operators are mailed paper forms in order to report quarterly data. Koenning suggests requiring mine operators to make these reports online to save money on costly form production and postage, reduce input errors, and decrease the time it takes to analyze this data which is important to MSHA’s efforts to protect the safety of America’s mine workers.
Post Public Notice of Seized Property Online, Not in Newspapers. Paul Behe is a Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security in Cleveland, Ohio. He suggests advertising property seized by Customs and Border Protection – such as counterfeit watches and purses – online instead of in newspapers. As Paul notes, “In addition to the immense cost reduction for the ads, DHS would be able to save the cost of storage for the seized items that are at the contractors, awaiting adjudication.”
End the Mailing of Thousands of Federal Registers to Government Employees. Trudy Givens from Portage, Wisconsin works for the Bureau of Prisons. The Federal Register is currently mailed to her workplace and nearly 10,000 Federal employees every workday. Most of the interested public now accesses the Federal Register online. While statute requires that hard copies be available, allowing recipients to opt-in for hard copy delivery could yield savings associated with printing and postage. When a similar “opt-in” (with fee) option was offered to the public, the number of hard copies mailed was reduced from roughly 25,000 to 500 recipients.
Zients, Jeffrey. “Vote Now: The President’s 2010 SAVE Award Finalists.” Whitehouse.gov. 8 November 2010. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/issues/all