Legislative Branch

Extend Fiscal Year

Congress often does not complete the appropriations process by their deadline. However, the Agencys' spending deadlines remain fixed. This results in a waste of time in the Agencies in writing spending proposals just in case money appears, and creates a burden on the Agencys' acquisition people when they have to do a full year's work in far less time. My simple suggestion is that by whatever number of days Congress goes... more »

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Legislative Branch

Stop Loss Officer for Fiscal year spending

I have watched wasteful spending for the past 11 years. I currently work at a VA hospital and it is no different than the other places I have worked when it deals with the end of the fiscal year "rush". Say a VA hospital, just throwing a number out there to get a point across, has $100,000 left and the fiscal year is coming to an end. I have witnessed wasteful spending on desks, chairs, filing cabnets, computers and... more »

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Department of Defense

End of Fiscal Year Spending

Often agencies spend money at the end of the FY so their budget won't be cut by the amount they save. Instead, as a method to cut spending, allow the agency's budget to remain at the same burn rate as previous months, but allow them to not spend as much during the last month of the fiscal year. This will, in particular, save millions in wasted flying time hours when units fly unnecessarily in order to use all their... more »

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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 »

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Legislative Branch

Use it or lose it

Currently at the end of the fiscal year units have to spend left over money in their budget because of the "use it or lose it" way of determining who gets money the next year. The idea is good because if the unit doesn't need the money then we can put it else were. However, this does not work. Units instead go out and buy things that aren't needed just to spend the money so they get it back again next year. This policy... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Eliminate Fiscal Years/IRS -- Save Billions

The majority of the spending in the procurement industry is done in the last three months of the fiscal year due to the arbitrary use-or-lose budget imposed by the IRS. As a contracting specialist I see customers repetedly purchasing items they do not need (replacing working items, adding unnecessary items, etc.), senselessly spending billions so that their unit will have a sufficient budget the next year should they... more »

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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.

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Department of Homeland Security

Costly Use of GSA and Unicor

One of the largest issues is the complexity in getting to purchase materials/office equipment etc. locally. We are essentially forced to order from the corporations such as Unicor and GSA that charge ridiculous prices for their items. While perusing the website in order to purchase a lamp, I came across a 1300.00 lamp! Now I ask, what lamp is worth 1300 when you could easily drive to a local store, purchase an effective,... more »

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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 »

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Department of Homeland Security

Rollover Budget Initiative (RBI)

The Rollover Budget Initiative (RBI) would allow units to maintain their annual budgets without being penalized for not fully utilizing the last year’s budget. Any remaining money from a fiscal year would be the base amount for the next fiscal year, which will then have additional money added to meet the unit’s requested budget. For example, if a unit requests $10,000 and has $2,000 left over from the previous year, that... more »

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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.

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