House may tackle legislation to end ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ budgeting in DoD

Federal News Network: The Pentagon, like a whole lot of other federal agencies, is famous for last minute spending binges each time a fiscal year draws to a close. But the House is considering legislation that proponents believe would dramatically tamp down on “use-it-or-lose-it” spending by giving DoD more flexibility in its operation and maintenance accounts.

The leading advocate for the idea in the House is Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee. A measure he introduced Wednesday would allow DoD to roll over 50% of any O&M funding it doesn’t spend in a particular fiscal year into the next one, theoretically reducing the incentive to rush those funds out the door by Sept. 30.

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