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Defense Dept. Memo Decries
Having Too Much Money,
Urges Spending All Of It

ABC News, by Garrett Bruno

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/13/2013 4:42:36 AM

An internal email from a Department of Defense agency calls its budget “too large” while at the same time urging colleagues about the importance of spending “100% of our available resources.” The June 27 memo, obtained by the Washington Post and sent by the Defense Information Systems Agency, said, “Our available funding balances remain large in all appropriations — too large to spend” on just unfunded requests. But while the authors of the email—Deputy Chief Financial Executive Sanna Sims and procurement director Kathleen Miller—decried the rare problem of too much funding, they also urged colleagues to spend every cent.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/13/2013 4:48:45 AM     (No. 9421385)

Why not eliminate the "widows´ tax" ?
Every year Congress offers a Bill to correct this horrible wrong, and every year it sits there.
Widows of those KIA or whose spouses die of service connected injury should not have to remarry in order to be eligible for DIC and SBP. Please don´t use the VA slogan, deny deny until you die. Congress knows this is wrong.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/13/2013 5:52:23 AM     (No. 9421404)

I thought I heard yesterday that Obama is doing away with hazardous duty pay to save a whopping $120 million.Obama is treating the military like crap in a lot of ways including the nightmare bureaucracy in the VA.Just something else he´s getting away with.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jinx, 7/13/2013 6:38:16 AM     (No. 9421427)

Didn´t the Obama´s just spend one hundred million on their African vacation? Guess they are saving for their trip to Martha´s Vineyard.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: john56, 7/13/2013 7:21:25 AM     (No. 9421461)

While our pro-Obama civil service will dutifully follow orders and spend "100%" of their budgets (110% if they can get away with it), this is a government bureaucracy ploy that goes back decades.

I remember when I started in medical sales back in the early 80s. My boss reminded me in late August and early September that it was a great month to get bigger orders from federal accounts (such as VA or military hospitals) because they need to spend all their money by Sept. 30th.

I didn´t believe it until an account which rarely ordered from me placed an order for 5 pieces of equipment I hadn´t even talked to them about. Was pretty nice, because during that quarter, the company had raised the bonus from $50 to $100 per piece and set a quota of 5 machines for the quarter, which I hadn´t yet met.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wtm, 7/13/2013 7:31:00 AM     (No. 9421470)

I worked for the feds for a while. We had a monthly and yearly budget for spare parts. I was told that I HAD to use certain parts EVERY month, or that I would not be able to get them.

So we literally used them for a week, and pulled them, and hid them, so we could have them when we actually needed them.

If we did not use 100% of the budget, it would get cut for next year, and then we couldn´t get what was needed then.

Federal accounting = Stupid system !!!!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: miceal, 7/13/2013 8:08:46 AM     (No. 9421511)

Nothing new here. All the time I was on active duty we would be required to spend out at the end of the fiscal year. Lots of new furniture and stuff ordered at those times...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dittohead, 7/13/2013 8:39:10 AM     (No. 9421570)

I work in a school and there´s always a spending frenzy the last few months of school - how dare we return any money back to the state. Drives me crazy!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 7/13/2013 9:43:09 AM     (No. 9421657)

I work in Army contracting and the problem isn´t too much money but instead money was given to us too late in the year to get everything bought. Because of no budget until March we are doing 3 quarters worth of spending in 1 quarter and on top of that we are required to spend 80% of all funds by the end of July even though we haven´t received all of our allotment yet.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: seabear, 7/13/2013 10:06:56 AM     (No. 9421687)

New story of an old problem: spend it or lose it.
Many agencies (and cities) have a second set of books. One set show every penny was spent, the other is real.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/13/2013 10:23:14 AM     (No. 9421715)

Oh, no! We can´t afford to cut one dime from Defense!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: texsupreme, 7/13/2013 10:49:15 AM     (No. 9421749)

Slightly OT, but it needs to be pointed out that a large amount of DOD money is being spent to provide military equipment to cities, towns and counties all over the country. My wife and I were taking a drive on the back-roads a few days ago and she spotted an armored vehicle parked in a little town with a population of probably a few hundred. She asked, "what is a town like this doing with a tank ? Police departments are rapidly becoming "militerized".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/13/2013 11:32:19 AM     (No. 9421814)

I just heard the other day that Service members are taking a pay cut! And the DoD has too much money?!

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