Salutes & Awards

July 20, 2012

White House launches SAVE Award competition

The White House’s fourth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award competition launched July 10 as part of the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to modernize government.

The SAVE Award will run July 10-24.

In 2009, the president established the SAVE Award to seek cost-cutting ideas directly from federal employees.

According to Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, federal employees have submitted more than 75,000 cost-cutting ideas over the past two years, and those ideas are making a difference.

“Already, agencies are saving hundreds of millions of dollars, rooting out redundancy and waste, and making government more efficient, effective and accountable to the American people,” Carter said.

Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting undersecretary of the Air Force, in an email to all Airmen, added that he thanks the many Airmen who participated in prior years, and encourages all Airmen to take time to consider and submit their good ideas this year.

Employees with ideas about how their agency can save money and perform better should submit them through the SAVE Award website,

The winner will be invited to the White House to present his or her idea to President Obama, and other ideas will be included in the president’s next budget submission.

Any questions about the SAVE Award should be directed to

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