Department of Veterans Affairs

End the End of Fiscal Year Wasteful Spending

End the "end of year" wasteful spending. Every September, federal agencies scramble to use up every last cent that they have been allocated and haven't yet spent. The budgets are set up in a manner that actually promotes waste because if the funds are not spent, the budget will be reduced in the following year. This results in extremely wasteful, last-minute purchases, without proper preparation, trial of products, ...more »

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Change the Start of the Fiscal Year

The fiscal year as currently structured costs the government a great deal of productivity. During the fall, when most people are in the office due to school schedules, government departments avoid spending money or planning activities due to continuing resolutions or similar uncertainty about how broad budget numbers will filter down to the working level. Once budgets are set, the holiday season puts many other activities ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Benefits to reduce possible unneccesary end of year spending

In order to encourage government agencies to save money I think we should create a program whereby any office that does not use their full budget should be able to access that money in the future. The extra money should be pooled into an interest bearing account. The money earned in interest can go back into the overall federal budget (thus helping everyone overall), and the office should be able to get the exact amount ...more »

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Department of Defense

End of year spending

We need to come up with a way to allow commanders to carry over their yearly budgets instead of taking them away at the end of the fiscal year. What happens is, in fear of losing their money, commanders will allow ridiculous spending on items that aren’t needed in order to keep their budget the following year. If commanders can save their budgets, this will create a culture of saving instead of a culture of spending. ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Carry over money across at least 1 fiscal year; aka, instead of the annual summer money waste, save it for next year

The fiscal year cycles have become inherently wasteful, and as a result very frustrating. The annual scenario: we start the fiscal year in October on a CR, too worried about unknown budgets to buy even essentials until after Christmas (which, of course, greatly affects productivity); local departmental budgets aren't known until at least January if not March, and when budgets are at last finalized, frantic calculating ...more »

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Stop encouraging wasteful spending at the end of the fiscal year.

At the end of every fiscal year, emails are sent out advertising that we have money that we "need" to spend. This is ridiculous. Orginizations should be able to to carry over money to the next year instead of spending it to prevent a reduction in next years budget. There are several projects that I'm aware of that are facing the chicken and the egg problem. We need to buy a new system that will save xx dollars each ...more »

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Fiscal Year End "Spend It or Lose It" alternative.

In order to incentivize agencies to save money, work with Congress to allow agencies to keep a portion of the amount an agency saves (say, 2% of what they save each year) of their appropriated funds in contracting for a "rainy day account" and to use as incentives to reward efficient workers. The remaining percentacge of the agency's saved funds (98% in this example) could go back to the pay off the national deficit. ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Lead by Example

As the end of a fiscal year approaches, many government agencies have funds remaining in their budget. There is an impression among agencies system wide that they must ‘use or lose’ the balance or the following fiscal year their budget will be drastically reduced. An alternative that would reduce the rush to spend at the end of the fiscal year is simple; donate a percentage of the unspent funds to CFC with the balance ...more »

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Change from annual to biannual fiscal period

The annual budget cycle imposes tremendous costs: months each of legislative negotiations, executive branch budget justifications and allocations, and end-of-year intensive work to spend every budgeted dollar. Funding decisions are made so late at the lowest level that it is almost too late to initiate full and open procurement. The procurement staffs are consistently understaffed across the federal government, so procurement ...more »

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