The SAVE program began in 2009 and allows front-line federal workers to submit their ideas on how their agency can save money and work more efficiently. Ritsko's proposal calls for the space agency to create a "lending library" where specialized space tools and hardware purchased by one NASA organization will be made available to other NASA programs and projects.
"I was part of a team here at NASA Goddard within the Flight Projects Directorate that was exploring ways for continuous improvements," said Ritsko. "We discussed efficiencies from part purchases on a recent Goddard mission. NASA could create a high tech 'tool shed' where both reusable tools and additional parts could be shared."
Ritsko's proposal was one of four finalists that the Office of Management and Budget put online. More than 48,000 Americans across the country cast votes for the idea they liked best, and the "lending library" idea won with just over 19,000 votes.
This image gallery shows photographs of tools and equipment that NASA uses to accomplish its missions. NASA Goddard's Matthew Ritsko won the 2011 Presidential SAVE award with an idea on how a "lending library" could enable NASA programs and projects to share specialized hardware.
Ritsko came to NASA in 2005. He is currently a Financial Manager on the Gravity Extreme Magnetism SMEX (GEMS) Project. In his time at Goddard he has worked within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project. He is highly active supporting numerous initiatives and committees at NASA while pursuing a Master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. Ritsko lives in Crofton, Md.
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