As we head into the FY 2012 budget season, President Obama kicked off the second annual SAVE Award, asking workers on the frontlines to take a hard look again and to share their ideas and insight at SAVEAward.gov, the White House reports.
In a change from last year, they also are asking federal employees to help rate the submissions from their fellow workers. This new feature will allow employees to apply their insight to the evaluation process, making sure the best ideas make it into the FY 2012 Budget.
In line with the spirit of the contest, the reason SAVE is back for a second year is that it works. In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made a shift from paper to electronic payroll statements, helping save on printing, shipping, and distribution costs that add up quickly. More recently – thanks to the SAVE Award – the Air Force changed its cellphone arrangement, saving taxpayer dollars by tailoring plans to actual usage patterns.