DoD

August 2, 2013

White House launches SAVE Awards for cost-paring ideas

WASHINGTON – Federal employees can submit their cost-cutting ideas through the White House’s annual SAVE Awards campaign that kicked-off Wednesday, administration officials said.

SAVE stands for Securing Americans Value and Efficiency.

The campaign, which runs through Aug. 9, stems from President Barack Obama’s belief that federal employees are best poised to generate effective and efficient ways to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars, officials said.

“The SAVE Award represents a key opportunity to identify substantial savings in places that traditional financial managers may not know to look,” said Elizabeth McGrath, the Defense Department’s deputy chief management officer. “Every member of our workforce has deep knowledge and experience in their jobs and knows where inefficiencies lay hidden.”

Federal employees can participate by submitting their ideas for more effective and efficient government or by encouraging coworkers to vote on their ideas or to submit their own, she said.

“The SAVE Award helps to empower these employees to speak up and become proactive change agents by promoting ways to achieve cost reductions,” McGrath said.

Since the inaugural SAVE Awards in 2009, federal employees have submitted more than 85,000 cost-shrinking ideas, with dozens of the most promising suggestions included in the president’s budget, specifically in the cuts, consolidations, and savings volume, White House officials said.

Creativity counts, they added, encouraging participants to review previous submissions on the SAVE Awards website to avoid duplication.

Relevant agencies will review all ideas for potential action, including inclusion in the president’s budget proposals, as more than 80 ideas have been in the past four years.

“It is always our responsibility as good stewards of taxpayer dollars to adopt better business practices, and it is even more important in today’s constrained fiscal environment to aggressively target opportunities for improvement,” McGrath said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy graphic

Fitness center gets Xtreme makeover

Courtesy graphic Above is an architectural rendering of the changes to the outside of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Renovations also include a remodel of most of the interior. The project will take place over t...
 
 

People — Air Force’s greatest asset

As I reflect on almost 25 years of military service, I find it easy to remember my assignments, the multiple jobs I’ve had and duties I have performed. I have served on four continents and for four presidents. Within that same time period, our nation has been in numerous campaigns ranging from operations Desert Storm...
 
 

Character, good or bad, will be passed on

Your character is who you are when no one is watching. At the same time, your character is who you are when everyone is watching. Your character is the sum of your morals and values and the quality of your character is of the utmost importance when leading others. In addition to your own values...
 

 
Senior Airman 
JAMES HENSLEY

History gets paint job

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY James Bridges and Hayden Yager, civilian contractors, prepare the F-104C Starfighter static display for painting Aug. 12 in the Luke Air Force Base Airpark. The static displays in the airpark will be ...
 
 

News Briefs August 29, 2015

Base-wide exercise The 56th Fighter Wing will begin an active-shooter exercise between 8 and 10 a.m. Thursday. It is expected to continue throughout the day. The exercise will include military and local, county and state law enforcement, and fire departments. On and off-base residents should expect traffic disruptions, gate closures or delays, and interruption of...
 
 
Tech. Sgt. 
BARBARA PLANTE

944th Airmen live life as military couple

Tech. Sgt.BARBARA PLANTE Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins, 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron, are a dual-military couple and work together as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. St...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>