White House Budget Office Wants Your Suggestions!

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President Barack Obama and the Office of Management and Budget recently announced a contest for Federal employees in which they submit cost-saving ideas to the OMB for consideration to include in the fiscal year 2011 budget.

The Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award program is designed to allow Federal employees to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings directly to the administration. Ideally, the awards program will be institutionalized as part of the annual budgetary process.

Submissions are allowed through Oct. 14, 2009. The winner will be announced in November. There will also be a winning department – whichever one has the most idea submissions from employees.

Ideas that do not win but show potential could still be incorporated into the 2011 budget by OMB.

To submit an idea or get more information, visit the SAVE Award Web site.

The OMB cautions to “not, under any circumstances, include any classified information in any submissions under this program. The information systems used in this program are not designed to transmit classified information.”

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