Spend Baby Spend!
At this time of the FY, no matter what level of government, the important message is this: if you have it, spend it or risk losing it. The image of government agency spending sprees are less than inspiring and are frequently a point of political contention. However, if the funds are not spent, they must be returned. Even worse, this also carries the message to Congress that the amount of money available was more than what was needed and future funding will be reduced. Thus, agencies have strong incentives to spend their funds completely. One of my co-workers explained it to me as “when August rolls around, have your wishlist ready to go.”
Fortunately, since my birthday is in August, I have long subscribed to this philosophy.