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On April 15, 2016, the Acting Secretary of the Army issued Army Directive 2016-16 (Changing Management Behavior: Every Dollar Counts) stating that the Army will “eliminate ‘use or lose’ funding practices,” i.e., “commanders and staffs will not automatically decrement commands or programs in future allotments when they do not spend all funds without further investigation to evaluate the reason for the under-execution and determine if it was a onetime event or funding adjustments are needed.”  Although a stated goal of the policy is to “allow[] [the Army organizations] to keep and redirect savings to validated command priorities,” Congress still appropriates funding on a “use or lose” basis and any annual funds not obligated by the end of the year will continue to expire despite the new Army policy.