Now, we all know how budgets work in bureaucracies. You amble along and then see the end of the budget year approaching.
OMG! We have budget available to spend! Quick, quick buy something!
For if we don\’t spend our budget this year then next year\’s will be cut.
So, allow the bureaucracy to bumble along (well, make the cuts you can of course as well) and then 60 days before the end of the budget year (early Feb 2011 say) simply freeze all spending.
OK, so you\’ve a bit of a problem in defining what is ongoing necessary expenditure and what is simply spending to use up the budget but that\’s not insurmountable.
Then the next year budgets can be set at the amount including the savings on spending that didn\’t happen in those 60 days.
You can only do this once of course and you can\’t preannounce it.
But it is one way to take a slice off the base cost of the whole shooting match.