Department of the Interior

Stop penalizing agencies for not spending all their FY money

At the end of the fiscal year, agencies that have carryover money are put in a position to spend that money or lose it in future budget cycles. Why not reward agencies for saving money at the years end by ensuring they get the same amount or more in the next budget cycle? Or through some other means of reward where they are not penalized in the next budget cycle for their fiscal responsibility? There is so much government waste by federal agencies trying to "get rid of" year-end money by buying new vehicles that they don't need, or new office furniture when the furniture they have is perfectly fine. It is ridiculous. Positive reinforcement should occur for good behavior (i.e. saving), not negative.

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Idea No. 1280