SAVE Award: Final Four

Post Public Notice for Seized Property Online, Not in Newspapers.

Paul Behe of Cleveland, Ohio

Paralegal Specialist for DHS

Paul Behe is a Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security in Cleveland, Ohio. He suggests advertising property seized by Customs and Border Protection -- such as counterfeit watches and purses -- online instead of in newspapers. As Paul notes, "In addition to the immense cost reduction for the ads, DHS would be able to save the cost of storage, for the seized items that are at the contractors, awaiting adjudication."



End the Mailing of Thousands of Federal Registers to Employees.

Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin

Bureau of Prisons

Trudy Givens from Portage, Wisconsin works for the Bureau of Prisons. The Federal Register is currently mailed to her workplace and approximately 8,000 Federal employees every workday. Most of the interested public now accesses the Federal Register online. While statute requires that hard copies be available, allowing recipients to opt-in for hard copy delivery could yield savings associated with printing and postage. When a similar “opt-in” (with fee) option was offered to the public, the number of hard copies mailed was reduced from roughly 25,000 to 500 recipients.


Stop the Express Delivery of Empty Containers.

Marjorie Cook of Gobles, Michigan

Food inspector in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Marjorie Cook from Gobles, Michigan is a food inspector in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). FSIS inspectors ship 125,000 samples to labs each year using “Express Next Day” service. Those labs use the same costly shipping method to send empty containers back. As she put it, "We could save a bundle by having those boxes shipped back through regular ground service."


Require Mine Operators to Use Online Forms.

Thomas Koenning of Littleton, Colorado

MSHA’s Information Technology Center

Thomas Koenning of Littleton, Colorado works in the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Information Technology Center. Currently, mine operators are mailed paper forms in order to report important quarterly data. Koenning suggests requiring mine operators to use online forms to save money on costly form production and postage, reduce input errors, and decrease the time it takes to analyze this data important to MSHA’s efforts to protect the safety of America’s mine workers.