By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 – The White House’s third annual SAVE Award competition launched today as part of the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to modernize government.
Through the Saving Americans Value and Efficiency award program, federal employees have submitted more than 56,000 cost-cutting ideas over the past two years to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
Beth McGrath, the Defense Department’s deputy chief management officer, encouraged the department’s military and civilian work force to take advantage of the opportunity to submit their ideas.
“We are relying on our military members and civilian employees around the world to rise to the president’s challenge again this year and submit innovative ideas for how we can operate the department more efficiently and effectively,” she said. “This is an excellent opportunity to be heard at the highest levels.”
The goal this year is to give every federal employee a chance to submit suggestions through the SAVE Award website about how their agency can save money and perform better, officials said.
The winner will be invited to the White House to present his or her idea to President Barack Obama, officials added, and dozens of other ideas will be included in the president’s next budget submission.
Federal agencies will solicit submissions until July 29, and finalists will be chosen in September.