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Vote for DHS Employee’s Innovative Idea for the 2010 President’s SAVE Award

Paul Behe, a CBP Paralegal Specialist in Cleveland, devised an innovative idea for how his office could cut costs and streamline operations. And with your help, this bright idea just might win the President’s 2010 SAVE Award.

The SAVE Award contest offered every federal employee the chance to submit their ideas for how to make the federal government leaner, smarter and more effective – goals that are very familiar to DHS employees through Secretary Napolitano’s DHS-wide Efficiency Review initiative.

Paul was inspired to participate in this challenge after noticing a backlog of over 900 seized items in CBP’s Cleveland office. Because of limited funding available for print advertising, CBP faced a hefty price-tag to store seized items until they could be advertised.

Paul proposed that instead of using print advertisements, CBP should consider advertising online to reduce the cost of ads and storage for items awaiting adjudication.

Paul’s idea was hand-picked to be one of four finalists from the more than 18,000 ideas submitted government-wide. If Paul wins, he will get the chance to visit the White House, meet President Obama, and have his Efficiency Review initiative incorporated into the FY 2012 Budget.

From today until Friday, Nov. 12, you can help us make this innovative idea the winning SAVE idea by visiting http://www.save.gov/ and voting for Paul.
Published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
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