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OMB Contest Leads to VA Department Cost Savings

President Barack Obama signs a Memorandum of UnderstandingThis past September, the Office of Management and Budget asked federal employees to come up with different ideas how to save money or become more efficient. OMB was overwhelmed with the number of ideas and responses they received. With 38,000 different ideas they decided to narrow it down to the top 4 ideas and then asked the public to pick a number 1. They had almost 84,700 different people respond to this and vote for their favorite idea.

And the winner of the contest? The Department of Veterans Affairs employee: Nancy Fichtner from Colorado.  Her idea was to allow veterans to take unused medications home from the hospital after they were discharged. Fichtner is going to meet with Obama on December 21st to present her idea in person and for it to be added to the fiscal 2011 budget. According to the OMB Director, Peter R. Orszag, “Over the coming months we hope to implement many of these excellent ideas.”

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