President Obama had a brainstorm back in 2009. That shiny new Hope and Change President introduced the ‘SAVE’ Award, which stands for Securing Americans Value and Efficiency. It’s this award that explains a lot of how we got to where we are today. There’s a video, but first read the description. It says it all. Emphasis added is mine.
President Obama believes the best ideas usually come from the front lines. That’s why in 2009 he launched the SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency), seeking ideas from federal employees to make government more effective and efficient and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. Federal workers then sent OMB tens of thousands of ideas on how to make government more efficient and effective.
Over the past four years, federal employees have submitted tens of thousands of cost-cutting ideas through the SAVE Award. Dozens of the most promising ideas have been included in the President’s Budget, specifically in the Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings volume. Each year OMB narrows the best ideas to a “final four.” The American people vote online to choose the winner.