Politics

White House Day Ahead

* Major Garrett has learned that at some point today we will hear from President Obama on the Senate's late-night vote on health care.

9:30AM     President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office

10:00AM   President Obama  meets with members of the National Economic Council in the Roosevelt Room

11:15AM   President Obama meets with SAVE Award winner Nancy Fichtner in the Oval Office

11:30AM   President Obama delivers remarks on making government more efficient and effective in the Diplomatic Reception Room

11:45AM   The President meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office

1:00PM     Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

4:30PM     President Obama  meets with Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office

* The Vice President will be in Wilmington, Delaware. At 1:00 PM EST, the Vice President will host a conference call with mayors from across the country to discuss implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This call is closed press.

* The Vice President will spend the remainder of the day meeting with senior staff.

Here's some background info on the SAVE Award, per the White House:
SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) is a contest for Federal employees to come up with the best idea to save taxpayer dollars and make the government perform more effectively and efficiently.

From the OMB Website: "The President's SAVE Award enables Federal employees from across government to submit their ideas for efficiencies and savings as part of the annual Budget process. The SAVE Award is part of the President's commitment to a line-by-line review of the Federal budget."

"The goal of the SAVE Award is to produce ideas that will yield savings while also improving the way that government operates. As such, submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:
-Does the idea reduce costs in a way that is concrete and quantifiable?
-Does the idea improve the way that government operates by:
 Improving the quality of output at lower costs; or
 Simplifying processes to reduce administrative burden; or
 Improving the speed of government operations to improve efficiency?
-Does the idea have a tangible impact on citizens' lives or environment?
-Is there a clear and practical plan for implementing the idea?
-Will it be possible to begin realizing savings immediately? "

The winning idea:

Nancy Fichtner from Colorado thinks that veterans leaving VA hospitals should be able to take the medicine they've been using home with them instead of it being thrown away when they're discharged.
As is the case in most hospitals all across the country, medicine that is used in the hospital is not given to patients to be brought home; instead, it is thrown out. "Currently the inpatient medications such as ointments, inhalers, eye drops, and other bulk items are being disposed of upon patient discharge." Nancy proposes ending this waste and finding a way to allow this medicine to be used by those who need it.
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs