White House asks for money-saving tips

The White House is turning again to federal employees for ways to save money for the government and chip a little more money off its spending.

To do so, they're bringing back the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) AwardSubmissions are due by July 24.

The Obama administration wants ideas on making the government efficient. After submissions and votes by other federal employees, officials will narrow down four winning ideas. Then, the vote goes to the American people—online.

In the end, the winner will personally present the idea to President Barack Obama.

Last year, the winning proposal was based on a “lending library” at NASA to store and catalog specialize tools and other equipment. A previous winning idea included stopping shipments of the printed Federal Register, asking its users to read the daily book online instead.

Vice President Joe Biden included a sobering message in his e-mail about the awards.

“Folks, we know that these ideas alone aren’t going to eliminate the deficit or fix our fiscal situation,” he wrote. However, he added, the SAVE Award bolsters the impression of the government on the people.

The ideas “are critical to making sure the American people can trust their government to spend their tax dollars wisely—and to make sure that we are directing resources to the investments that will create good jobs and grow the economy,” he added.


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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 28, 2013 Jim bee 170229hgq

Veterans Affairs needs to issue each qualified DAV(I'm 100% S.C. DAV)their own personal medical card like top notch Blue Cross, Blue Shield that may be used anywhere just like civil service employes have. The same card for drugs at any pharmacy location. A small nucleus of V.A. Paper shufflers could be retained to process provider reports on the DAV. Savings would be in the end of billions, for sure!

Thu, Jul 12, 2012

Implement the flat tax concept. Everyone.....and I mean EVERYONE......pays 10% of all their income in tax. That's it.....no loopholes, no deductions, no exemptions. You eliminate all the complicated forms and laws and eliminate the entire IRS organization. That alone shoudl save you a bundle!

Wed, Jul 11, 2012

What a joke! This is nothing more than propaganda coming from the administration that has wasted more taxpayer money than several adminstrations put together.

Wed, Jul 11, 2012 lippy ny

stop contracting out to private companies,cut the pentagon budget by at least a third, get rid of all political appointees, get rid of all the over, under, sideways and down assistant secretary's, grow a pair and implement a single payer health care program, repeal all tax breaks to religious organizations, insist that all senators and congresspersons pay into a pension and healthcare plan like ours and last but not least.....legalize soft drugs, REGULATE THEM AND TAX THEM. that should balance the budget and probably give us a surplus too. But i'm dreaming.

Wed, Jul 11, 2012 Monica

Well, you know they aren't going to accept the proposal to put the Executive and Legislative branches under the GS system of pay, benefits, and retirement. That would save a bunch right there!

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