In 2009, President Obama introduced the SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award. The award is a way for federal employees to share their ideas on how to improve government’s performance and to ensure that we’re spending taxpayer money in the most efficient way possible.
Since the program’s introduction, federal employees–including many at the Department of Education–have submitted tens of thousands of ideas that have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of savings and better efficiency and effectiveness across government.
Today, the White House announced the four finalists for this year’s SAVE Award, and we’re proud that ED’s Fred Winter has been chosen as a finalist for this year’s award. Winter, who works in the Office of Postsecondary Education, proposes that all Federal employees who receive public transit benefits shift from regular transit fare to the reduced senior fare as soon as they are eligible. In the D.C. area, this change would lower the cost of the employee’s travel by 50 percent, with no loss in the effective benefits for the employee.