At the end of September, the Office of Management and Budget launched the President’s SAVE Award - a contest for Federal employees to come up with the best idea to save taxpayer dollars and make the government perform more effectively and efficiently.
The response was amazing. In just three weeks, we received 38,484 entries from Federal employees all across the country. The ideas ran the gamut from the commonsensical to the complex. OMB staff assessed the ideas, passing back the best ones to agencies to include in their submissions for the FY2011 Budget. And the suggestions that were in need of government-wide action stayed here at OMB for our staff to begin working on. Over the coming months, we hope to implement many of these excellent ideas.
We need your help choosing a winner. Watch the President's video and go vote for your favorite ideas:
The winner will be able to present their idea to the President in person, and will have that idea included in the FY2011 Budget.
Now more than ever, it’s time to fix or end government programs that don’t work and waste Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. The SAVE Award is just one step we’re taking to bring new thinking into how your government is run and to instill a new of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.
Peter Orszag is the director of the Office of Management and Budget