November 9, 2011

One of our own is a SAVE Award Finalist

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Every year, President Obama asks federal employees to submit their cost-saving ideas as part of the annual SAVE Award

“If you see a way government can do its job better, or do the same job for less money, I want to know about it. – President Barack Obama

Started in 2009, the SAVE Award aims to seek ideas from federal employees on how to make government more effective and efficient and to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.  Since then more than 56,000 ideas have been submitted through the SAVE Award and dozens of the most promising ideas have been included in the President’s Budget. 

This year, nearly 20,000 ideas were submitted and tens of thousands of federal employees weighed in on these ideas.  Today, the Office of Management and Budget selected its final four and HUD is proud to announce that one of its own has been selected:  Eileen Hearty from HUD’s Denver Regional Office. 

All across the country, HUD contractors and staff conduct annual Management and Occupancy Reviews of multifamily properties (i.e. apartments) that are privately-owned and subsidized by HUD.  Many of these properties receive high marks year after year and consistently provide excellent service.  Eileen proposes a reduction in the frequency of reviews for high-performing properties – a change that would reward superior properties for their excellent work and reduce the travel costs, staff time, and fees paid by HUD for these reviews.

Now, it’s your turn to decide who should be the winner.  Visit the White House’s website to cast your vote and read more about Eileen’s idea and the other three finalists.  Voting will remain open until noon on Thursday, November 17 – and every vote counts.

Remember, voting is open to everyone not just federal employees.  So be sure to spread the word to family and friends.

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