Flexible Use of Resources

Flexible Use of Resources

  • Although budgets often in aggregate come down from outside the agency (e.g., from OMB), there generally is some flexibility in the use of funds; sometimes more than agency leaders think. Agencies should shift funds in one motion through rebalancing and reinvestment strategies versus removing resources from one allocation area, only to see them reduced from the total resource base. For example, an agency may be able to:
  • Reallocate resources from a higher-unit cost to a lower-unit cost effort, where the impact on a unit basis is expected to be the same but the quantity of service can now be increased.
  • Take personnel-related savings, such as from delays in hiring or vacant positions, and reinvest them in other staffing areas.
  • Maintain fiscal accountability while also being responsive to emerging agency priorities that require resources not included in the approved budget, such as a natural disaster.
  • Develop micro budgets for “small business centers” within the agency where control of resources and expenses are highly flexible and driven by ROI.
  • Reallocate funds from personnel to operating budget, or vice versa.





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