Secretary Napolitano Announces DHS 2013 ThinkEfficiency Campaign

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April 29, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Four years ago, we launched the DHS Efficiency Review to reduce costs, streamline processes, eliminate duplication, and improve customer service. Because of your commitment to efficiency and innovative ideas, we have identified more than $4 billion in cost avoidances – enabling us to sustain frontline operations and become a leaner, smarter agency better equipped to protect the nation.

Over the past two years, DHS employees from across the country have been recognized for the ideas they submitted to the ThinkEfficiency Campaign. They have proposed common sense changes such as leveraging our purchasing power when acquiring commonly used goods and services like vehicle maintenance services, transferring unused software licenses to other Components rather than purchasing new ones, and finding ways to share training facilities to reduce costs.

In today’s challenging fiscal environment, it is critical that DHS operate as efficiently as possible. In fact, the Administration’s FY 2014 budget, which was released earlier this month, includes a variety of cost cutting initiatives and we continue to look for new ideas to generate efficiencies throughout DHS through our annual ThinkEfficiency Campaign.

I want to hear from you about how DHS can trim costs, streamline operations, and improve performance. Send your ideas to by Friday May 17th.

Our continued success depends on the work you do every day to innovate, create, and develop new ways of keeping our Nation safe. I look forward to your ideas and continuing to work together to change the way DHS does business.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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