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Nuckols, Kenneth M said:
> I've actually heard of this practice and seen this happen in several
> companies I've worked for over the years, and strategic-thinking (or
> sometimes unscrupulous) department managers use that knowledge to
> advantage to gain new equipment (sometimes necessary, sometimes
> frivolous) for their team. I've seen it most in public companies where
> some nebulous oversight board or committee seems to take the attitude,
> "If you didn't need all your budget last year, you can do with less
> year." Funny, you'd think that boards would seem to want to reward
> people who can get by on less, but I guess that's just not the way
> I suppose some companies might also want to artificially decrease
> operating profits for tax purposes by blowing huge sums on supplies,
> even if they are of dubious necessity.
This type of spending is endemic, unfortunately in the government
sphere, and in companies who contract with them (i.e. defense
contractors). Congress may want to reduce expenditures, but they are
often told by various government agencies, "Look! We've spent all the
money we had last year, so we are important; don't cut our
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