Smart Ideas program off and running
February 4, 2010
By Paul Bello
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Any idea is a good idea. That's what Stephen Brooks, deputy to the installation commander, is hoping people remember as Fort Belvoir's garrison command launched its "Smart Ideas" program Tuesday.
To combat the recent budget crunch, Brooks said the program's goal is to encourage all employees from Belvoir to e-mail their suggestions on how to cut costs while continuing to provide quality services around the installation.
He said the process is similar to the longstanding Army Suggestion Program - only without any official red tape or forms to fill out. Brooks said the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office will receive and review all suggestions before forwarding them back to himself and Installation Commander Col. Jerry Blixt for further consideration.
"We want to do everything we can to minimize costs while providing the same quality services," Brooks said. "By doing it this way, we're empowering our work force and asking them to submit their ideas on how we can be most efficient."
Operating at just 59 percent compared to last year's total budget, Brooks said the garrison command is interested in any idea that can be implemented right away. He added that employees will also receive help submitting their ideas to the Army Suggestion Program for possible compensation.
"We want to provide employees a simple way of submitting their suggestions for improving their work process or any other cost-reduction ideas they may have," said Lynne Castro, a planning specialist for PAIO. "People can think of this as team building."
Anyone interested can submit ideas via e-mail to Customer Management Services at Belvoir.CMS@conus.army.mil.