1. Nancy Fichtner's SAVE Award Story


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    Join Nancy Fichtner on a trip to deliver her SAVE Award winning idea to President Obama at the White House. The SAVE Award was held for the first time this year, it is a contest for federal employees to come up with the best ideas to save taxpayer dollars and make the government perform more effectively and efficiently.

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    • OMB Director Peter Orszag Announces the Save Award


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      OMB Director Peter Orszag discusses the President's Save Award program. In a radio address on April 25, 2009, the President called for “a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better.” The President’s SAVE Award will fulfill this commitment by enabling any federal employee to submit ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process. This contest is part of a larger effort to make sure that we invest taxpayer dollars in programs and initiatives that have proven records of success and fix or end programs that do not. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 14th. The winner will meet with President Obama at the White House and have his or her savings initiative incorporated into the FY 2011 Budget. In addition, the agency with the most participation in the contest will receive an award. All submissions are confidential, and can be made at www.SaveAward.gov.

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      • SAVE Award and Government Efficiency


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        President Obama speaks about making government more efficient and effective after meeting with Nancy Fichtner, a VA employee whose idea to let patients take home unused medication won the inaugural SAVE Award. December 21, 2009. (Public Domain)

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        • Senate set to vote on healthcare bill


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          The Senate is inching closer to passing health care reform after Democrats cleared a major hurdle this week. On Monday, the Senate voted 60-39 along party lines to adopt changes negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid. A final vote on the bill is expected tomorrow. President Obama recognized a Colorado woman this week for her idea to help the U.S. government save money. And the President delivered some holiday cheer to children at a Washington Boys and Girls Club on Monday.

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          • West Wing Week: 02/22/13 or “A Single Sacred Word: Citizen”


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            This week, the President visited his old neighborhood in Chicago, conferred one of the nation's highest civilian honors, met with the President of Italy, and continued to urge Republicans to close tax loopholes for the wealthy to prevent dangerous across-the-board budget cuts that are slated to take effect on March 1st.

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            • West Wing Week 2/14/14 or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red"


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              Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President hosted the first State Visit for the French President in 20 years, signed the farm bill and raised the minimum wage for federal contractors. That's February 7th to February 13th or, "The Red, White, and Blue -- and the Blue, White, and Red."

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