Her money saving idea: Allow veterans to take home the medications they use while at the hospital, instead of tossing the prescriptions in the trash when veterans are discharged. The idea would not only save the government money, but veterans too.
Fichtner’s idea beat out 38,000 other ideas submitted by fellow federal employees in the contest designed to harness the experience of frontline employees to save the government money. Her idea was one of four finalists selected by OMB staff and put to a public vote earlier this week.
Fichtner will jet off to Washington to present her idea directly to President Barack Obama on Dec. 21. The cost-cutting plan will be included in the fiscal 2011 budget.