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Airmen's ideas sought to help cut wasteful spending

WASHINGTON -- Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton sends the following message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:

The White House continues to challenge all federal employees to help identify areas where we can cut wasteful spending. Over the past two years, 56,000 ideas have been submitted through the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) initiative. I am proud to say many ideas were submitted by our Airmen. I again encourage your participation. You have day-to-day visibility into opportunities to eliminate non-value added activity and wasted resources. In these challenging fiscal times, every dollar counts and every good idea matters.

Please go to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website to submit your ideas by the July 29 deadline. Many of the best ideas will be included in the 2013 President's Budget submission. The person submitting the idea voted best among a top four selection (as judged across SAVE participants and OMB) will meet personally with President Obama.

You will find the criteria for evaluation of ideas defined at the OMB SAVE website. Let me remind all that classified information should not be included in any submission.

I again give you my thanks in advance for your participation in this year's White House SAVE challenge, and for what each of you do to make our Air Force better and the nation more secure every day.