SAVE award winner announced


Congrats to Trudy Givens of Portage, Wisconsin. The long-time Bureau of Prisons employee is this year’s SAVE award winner for her suggestion that the government stop printing and mailing daily hard copies of the Federal Register to almost 10,000 federal employees who are probably using the on-line version anyway.

Givens won out over three other finalists with almost 20,000 votes, according to a blog post Monday by Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients. The runners-up were Agriculture Department employee Marjorie Cook, Pat Behe of the Department of Homeland Security, and Thomas Koenning from the Department of Labor.

As the winner, Givens will get an invitation to discuss her idea directly with President Obama, who launched the SAVE contest last year to find worthwhile economy moves from the federal workforce.

Not clear, though, is whether her proposal will be adopted. In his post, Zients said only that all SAVE award submissions will be sent to federal agencies for potential action and inclusion in Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget request.


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  1. I still cannot get an answer as to why my suggestion was not at least acknowledge since it was the same suggestion as the winner. I suggested that the Federal Register not be printed and mailed also. Please tell me who to contact.

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