Congratulations Matthew Ritsko — Winner of the 2011 Save Award!

After nearly 20,000 ideas were submitted and more that 48,000 votes cast, Matthew Risko is the winner of the 2011 SAVE award. Check out details of his idea below as well as the ideas of each of the four finalists.

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Create a tool "lending library" for NASA
flight projects

Matthew Ritsko of Crofton, Maryland

Financial Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

At Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA employees purchase specialized tools and ground support equipment for developing and building flight projects. Many of the tools are not tracked once projects are complete, and as a result funds are wasted on duplicative purchases. In order to cut down on repeat purchases, Matthew suggests creating a centralized tool repository — or "lending library" — where these tools can be stored, catalogued, and checked in and out by NASA employees.

Reduce the frequency of reviews for
superior properties

Eileen Hearty of Denver, Colorado

Project Manager, Denver Multifamily Hub

All across the country, HUD contractors and staff conduct annual Management and Occupancy Reviews of multifamily properties (i.e. apartments) that are privately-owned and subsidized by HUD. Many of these properties receive high marks year after year and consistently provide excellent service. Eileen proposes a reduction in the frequency of reviews for high-performing properties – a change that would reward superior properties for their excellent work and reduce the travel costs, staff time, and fees paid by HUD for these reviews.

Stop buying hard copies of the U.S.
Code Books

Kevin Korzeniewski of Washington DC

Attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

When Kevin began working as an attorney in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he automatically received a new set of U.S. Code books that get updated and reordered every year. Because the information in these books is now available online through LexisNexis, Westlaw, and free sources – where it is also updated in real time – Kevin suggests that his agency stop automatically ordering these books.

Stop printing OASIS Magazine

Faith Stanfield of Toledo, OH

General Technical Expert at Social Security Administration

Every quarter, the Social Security Administration (SSA) produces and mails OASIS, a 25-plus-page, glossy magazine to 88,000 SSA employees all across the country and over 1,000 retired SSA employees. The OASIS magazine has been around for decades; however, as more and more SSA communications shift online, Faith suggests that the magazine be released only in an online format to save money on printing and shipping that could be put to better use elsewhere.