For one, they’re going to stop sending empty containers via “express next day service.” That, Obama estimates, is worth $1.05 million in savings…over 10 years.
It seems that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors ship 125,000 samples to labs each year using “Express Next Day” service.
Those labs use the same costly shipping method to send empty containers back, and an inspector named Marjorie Cook in Gobles, Michigan decided that was totally unnecessary. She submitted the details to the White House last year, and ended up as a finalist for the White House’s “SAVE Award,” which recognizes federal employees for spotlighting areas to save money.
That award process generated a couple of other ideas for savings that made their way into this year’s budget, as well.
The Department of Homeland Security is going to stop advertising in newspapers the public notices of stolen property recovered by Customs and Border Protection. The items, such as counterfeit watches and purses, instead will be advertised online. That idea—suggested by Paul Behe, a Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security in Cleveland, Ohio—will save $5 million over 10 years.