The goal of the SAVE Award is to produce ideas that will yield savings while also improving the way that government operates. As such, submissions are judged according to the following criteria:

Does the idea reduce costs in a way that is concrete and quantifiable?

Does the idea improve the way that government operates by:

  • Improving the quality of output at lower costs; or
  • Simplifying processes to reduce administrative burden; or
  • Improving the speed of government operations to improve efficiency?

Can the idea be implemented Administratively by the Executive Branch or would it require an act of Congress?

Creativity counts! Take a look through previous submissions to avoid repeating ideas that come up again and again. In many cases, the Administration is already in the process of implementing popular past ideas. These include: double-sided copying, moving print publications online, reforming GovTrip, and turning off lights after hours.

All ideas will be sent to the relevant agencies to review for potential action, including inclusion in the budget. Over the past four years, more than 80 ideas were included in the President’s Budget proposals.