President Obama launched the SAVE award last year. The (nothing new) principle is that US government employees suggest ideas to save money. The first winner of the award was Nancy Fichtner whose idea for reusing medical supplies is expected to save $2 million p.a.
So far President Obama has received nearly 40,000 ideas.
This is great. It proves that there is huge potential to take cost out of government activity in the US without impacting service provision; no doubt the same is true for the UK as well.