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An unintended side effect of the short-term budget bill passed in early February is that government agencies have a shorter amount of time to spend the money that they were given. Now, offices are confronting their ability to spend what was supposed to be their yearly budget in the next few months. “The short-term spending […]

An unintended side effect of the short-term budget bill passed in early February is that government agencies have a shorter amount of time to spend the money that they were given. Now, offices are confronting their ability to spend what was supposed to be their yearly budget in the next few months. “The short-term spending measures that congress has been placing on us… they are inefficient,” said Chip Fulghum, deputy undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security. “They create additional burden, they create delays in hiring potentially, as well as delays in procurement. Having said that, unfortunately, we’ve been through about 17 of these in the last five years so we’re pretty good at it.” Fulghum says that DHS navigates this tumultuous process by having a good relationship between their procurement community and the CFO, and plan almost everything “up front.” “I think the key for us is in engaging industry early as a partner to make sure they understand what our requirements are,” Fulghum said. “We’ve been a lot more transparent over the last few years in our engagement with industry.”

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