I wonder if that is like our UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) "Votes"
Every year the MoD has to submit estimates of expenditure for the forthcoming year, this included ALL expenditures (go figure)
So, every April, just before the next round of "votes" there was always a fresh smell of paint as the various departments sought to use up what they had estimated the previous year.
God forbid that anyone underspent what they had forecast, as their next years "Vote" was automatically reduced by the underspend!!!
It was crazy.
Unlimited spending at the last minute, on very small projects (eg decorating) to fill up what was left, until the estimate was fulfilled.
Meanwhile large projects (ie new computers) went through "on the nod". (these were in the days before desktops and distributed, networked PCs)
It's a crazy world we live in.
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