Office of Government Ethics

Stop the "If you don't use it, you lose it" policy !

This policy exacerbates wasteful spending in pretty much every agency and every department. The policy exacerbates 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 one. This one change could have positive impacts throughout government.

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