Cost-Cutter Wins 2010 SAVE Award

Through the SAVE Award (which stands for Securing American’s Value and Efficiency) the Office of Management and Budget challenged Federal employees to submit their ideas to streamline government and save tax dollars. The winner, announced today, is Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin, a 19-year veteran of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Given the fast-growing number of people who access the Federal Register online, Trudy suggested that the Federal Register no longer be mailed by default to 8,000 Federal employees every workday. 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. Trudy’s idea was selected as the winner from more than 18,000 submissions. As the 2010 winner, she will be invited to meet the President and discuss her idea with him in person.

The SAVE Award is just the latest milestone in the Administration’s commitment to increase the use of prizes and challenges to tap the Nation’s top talent and best ideas. To learn more about the 2010 SAVE Award, check out Jeff Zients’ post “And the Top SAVER is….”  To learn more about Federal prizes and challenges, visit

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