This policy, official or implied, exacerbates wasteful spending in pretty much every agency and every department. The policy creates inefficiencies because it promotes a wasteful environment, by creating 'fear' that if a budget is not fully exhausted by the end of a fiscal year, that budget line item will be reduced for next year. While many departments try to save money throughout the year, they then go on a spending binge at the end in order to not lose out for the next budget year. This one change could have positive impacts throughout government.
Idea No. 2547