budget dust


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budget dust

A recently coined term referring to money remaining in an annual budget which must be spent—or else lost—before it is absorbed by the enterprise, and viewed in the future as an allocation that was overbudgeted.
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That is budget dust," Martinez Fischer told his colleagues.
I think it's shameful that we battle over budget dust for some of these programs that are so absolutely vital, and the ultimate absurdity is that when people don't get these services, they default to more expensive nursing home care," she says.
As industry waits for the budget dust storm to settle in Washington, several hot topics are dominating the conversation in corporate suites.