Department of Homeland Security

Put an end to "use it or lose it funding"

All federal agencies I've been involved with go through the same thing at the end of every fiscal year - a huge spending spree, many times on items not needed, to spend down money before it is swept away. A big reason for this is fear that the budget requests for the following year may not be approved if the agency did not spend it's entire budget in the current year. This is wasteful spending of money. The so called ...more »

Voting

58 likes
Active

Department of Defense

Eliminate end of contract spend down

Ways to encourage saving money from being spent at end of contract or end of fiscal year: 1. Allow for contract extensions based on funds remaining. This will encourage the funds to be used as intended rather than wasted uselessly. 2. Financial incentives for funds saved at end of contract. Similar to bonus policies in some private corporations: pay out a percentage of the money saved (with a reasonable cap) to all employees ...more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Department of Defense

End "spend or lose" budgets - Save BILLIONS

Every end of the fiscal year, federal agencies rush to spend any leftover money to ensure they at least have the same budget the next year. Basically, there is a strong incentive to spend as much money as possible, resulting in terribly wasteful spending. I propose several measures be implemented to incentivize saving budget money: 1. Make sure that any established ceiling is not lowered simply due to a lack of spending. ...more »

Voting

285 likes
Active

Department of Defense

Change Fiscal Spending and Add it to Evaluations

I recommend changing the military fiscal policy so that an organization can have money at the end of the fiscal year and for it to not only be ok, but also be encouraged by making it a high priority item on evaluations (OPRs/EPRs, Civ Appraisals). I think the best way would be to let an organization keep their unspent money and top their coffer back up to their allotted budget. (I.e. an organization with that has ...more »

Voting

3 likes
Active

Department of Agriculture

Budget Giveback

Instead of punishing Agencies for giving back money at the end of the budget year, reward them. Currently, there is no incentive for an Agency to give money back at the end of the year. Every year there is a mass spending (a lot of times on items that are not currently needed) just so we don't give money back. This is done because currently if you do give money back then the next year's budget is almost always cut ...more »

Voting

367 likes
Active

Department of Defense

Change Fiscal Year Spending Policies

Being in the military, I have seen the way the fiscal year spending policies currently in place have affected missions, causing us to be unable to purchase items that we need in a timely manner. Yet when it comes to the end of the fiscal year, we rush out to spend money on new flat screen TV's among other things just to insure our budget for next year isnt cut. From what I have read, MANY other departments have this ...more »

Voting

4 likes
Active

Department of Defense

Wasteful spending - "Use it or Lose it" mentality

As the debt ceiling date of Aug 2nd approaches, Congress and head officials are arguing over how to resolve the crisis. At the same time, across the federal government employees are gearing up for the end of the fiscal year with their money burning holes in their pockets. Supervisors are walking around the office trying to come up with ideas on how to spend money, from travel to new paintings to spice up their offices. ...more »

Voting

39 likes
Active

Department of Agriculture

End of year spending

Let's stop the end of year spending free-for-all. Reward agencies who return funds leftover at the end of the fiscal year. But donot punish these agencies by reducing allocations for the new fiscal year.

Voting

119 likes
Active

Department of the Interior

Avoid end of year spending sprees

At the end of each fiscal year our agency and many others have a surplus of money for various justifiable reasons. I propose to create an incentive based on rewarding agencies returning all unobligated money, money that does not need to be spent for the purpose of balancing the budget, wish lists, unused or surplus project money, money given through poor planning, cancellations, overbids, or any operating money not committed. ...more »

Voting

17 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

END OF YEAR SPENDING - ROLL OVER BUDGET

Similar to rollover budget and end of year spending. Every year with about 2-3 months left in the fiscal year, not just my Field Office, but I'm sure every agency within the U.S. Government spends the rest of their budget, out of fear of not getting the same amount or more money the following year, and I'm sure as a way to justify asking for more funding. Field Offices should be able to spend what they need to complete ...more »

Voting

10 likes
Active

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 ...more »

Voting

142 likes
Active

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

End of FY Spending by Government (Offer Incentives to Agencies)

As we all know, at the end of the FY each agency scrambles to spend what is left in their budgets. Most of the spending is careless and wasteful. The primary reason for this is because the departements know that if they do not exhaust their budget, they will not get those funds back in their next budget. President Obama should recognize this wasteful spending and offer enticing incentives for agencies that do not ...more »

Voting

13 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Eliminate End of Year Spending

Eliminate End of year spending. Allow money to cross fiscal years. This would eliminate the need to do new Purchase orders every October 1 for contracts from the previous years. If money can flow across the FY then it has the ability to save the government time, money and energy. There should be an incentive to return any unused portion of an agencies budget to the treasury.

Voting

160 likes
Active