U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
OIT Times: (Guest Editorial) OIT's Streamlined Solicitations Earn Hammer Award
March 24, 2001
by Theo Johnson
Office of Industrial Technologies
The National Partnership for Reinventing Government recently bestowed OIT and
DOE Idaho Operations Office with a ammer Awardone of the highest honors a
federal government program can receive.
The Hammer Award is given to teams that help create a government that works
better, costs less, and gets results that Americans care about. Our team
received this award for successfully streamlining the application process for
financial assistanceaking government work better and cost less.
Here in OIT, our #1 goal is to help improve our nation industrial energy
efficiency. But we can achieve that goal without the active involvement of
firms large and small, independent inventors, universities, labs, and many
others. When we realized that burdensome, complex, unnecessary red tape was
impeding this involvement, we took action.
We joined the Idaho Operations Office in a team effort to make the process of
requesting financial assistance simpler, more accessible, and less expensive for
our customers. We reduced the application for financial assistance from over 70
pages to 20 pages. We reduced the number of application forms from over ten to
one. This cut the number of pages of forms that each partner must complete from
25 pages to one and helped greatly reduce costs and proposal preparation time
for our customers. The annual savings to our customers in industry, labs, and
universities is estimated in the millions of dollars.
The streamlined solicitation process is now standard for all of OIT
financial assistance awards. We think it will greatly increase the number and
quality of proposals we receive for improving industrial energy efficiency. And
this is just the beginninge will continue to listen to our customers and