February 3rd, 2010
01:53 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Employee Budget Ideas

(CNN) - This week while making remarks about the budget, President Barack Obama said that the 2011 budget would include ideas from federal employees. The administration held a contest for ideas that could make government more efficient. "I'm proud to say that a number of these ideas, like allowing Social Security appointments to be made online, made it into our budget," he said.

Fact Check: How many employee ideas made it into the 2011 budget?

- The SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award program was launched in fall of 2009. Federal employees were asked to submit ideas to reduce government waste. More than 38,000 people submitted ideas and four finalists were chosen. The public then voted on a winner.
- The contest winner was Nancy Fichtner of Colorado. She proposed sending Veterans Affairs patients home with medicine they've been using, instead of throwing it away when the veterans leave. "Currently the inpatient medications such as ointment, inhalers, eye drops, and other bulk items are being disposed of upon patient discharge," she wrote.
- Another finalist idea is from Julie Fosbender in West Virginia. She says that when Forest Service workers at Monongahela National Forest collect money from the public, they must go through a complex process that results in sending the money to a bank in San Francisco, California. She said, "Why can't we just deposit our collections into a local bank?"
- Christie Dickson from Alabama suggested allowing Social Security appointments to be made online.
- Huston Prescott from Alaska suggested eliminating redundant inspections of subsidized housing units. Prescott was the last finalist.
- Ultimately, 15 employee proposals were included in the budget.

Read the bottom line after the jump:

Bottom Line: The Obama administration included 15 suggestions from federal employees in the 2011 budget proposal, including the four contest finalists.

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  1. REG in AZ

    It should be totally clear that the current Republican Party literally will do nothing for the majority. Not for the poor and not even for the middle-class or upper middle-class. They will simply be totally unified in continuing to boldly present a lot of deceptive rhetoric aimed to fault everything offered by the Democrats (Health Care Reform and whatever) and sufficient subterfuge to only infer that they have answers. All of that will be strongly supported and promoted, overtly and covertly, by Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who benefit. If the people are taken in by the bombardment of subterfuge, it will be accepting the empty promises, the real concentration on providing value just for the few and would be a return to 'more of the same' that has literally caused so much trouble. This isn't an idle accusation by a disgruntled Democrat but rather a rational and objective evaluation of their actual performances from an ex-Republican (long term), now Independent. No matter what we think of the Democrats, after eight years with Bush-Cheney and this last year with the Republicans' stubborn and irresponsible obstructionists efforts, demonstrating their self-serving total focus on their political ambitions without regard for anything else, the obnoxious con should become totally obvious and scary. There just is nothing there for the average American. We may wish it was different but to think it is, is self-delusional and that is costly. The only way to negate the gross dishonesty and the self-serving behavior is to reject it, to refuse to again be its victim and thereby give them the message that real change is necessary.

    February 3, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Josiah

    how about some more out of the box thinking Obama -we could have, should have, taken all that newly printed money thrown at banks and instead helped American citizens – how? – by overhauling a broken education system – 2 prong approach = 1. wipe clean all currently held student loans – nation wide – thus resetting the public and Sallie Mae, and alleviating the real burden on Americans – it's probably the real reason behind most housing problems (most problems actually) – the Money would be flowing immediately. if we weren't straddled with ridiculous sums of debt for a sub- par education we'd be prepared to pull America out of the dark ages and build it into a forward thinking country on the forefront of life's discoveries. and 2. overhaul the joke that is education in this country – let's stop rubber stamping graduates – ok if you take art history and a class on writing a paper, and one on note taking, and if there's any time, maybe a handful of classes that have anything to do with your major and voila break out the rubber stamp, welcome to the ranks of the jobless. This point should also institute a policy where Citizens pay at most about 5K for a full education – either the Gov. shakes up schools financing or pays the difference. – do away with all the lame Associate Degree stuff that should be taught and is in High School and have College's focus on Majors – the whole thing is a joke

    February 3, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |