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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 10 PM Thursday to 1 am EDT Friday... * locations...low lying coastal areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides Thursday night. * Timing...minor flooding around the times of high tide Thursday night. * Impacts...minor flooding of the most vulnerable Waterfront and shoreline roads...and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover Thursday night. Inundation of 1 to 1 1/2 ft above ground level in the lowest lying spots. A few Road closures likely with a low threat of property damage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Thursday night... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ..............................(mllw/mhhw).................. Kings Point NY......1136 PM..10.5-11.0/2.7-3.2......minor..... Bridgeport CT.......1148 PM...9.6-10.1/2.3-2.8......minor..... New Haven CT........1147 PM....8.8-9.3/2.1-2.6......min-mod... Old Field NY........1150 PM...9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7......minor..... Glen Cove NY........1152 PM..10.4-10.9/2.5-3.0......minor..... -- Thursday May.25 17,02:48 AM

Government Agencies Go on "Use it or Lose it" Spending Sprees

During last year's "use it or lose it" season, agencies spent more than $45 million in the last week of September.

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Washington has entered “use it or lose it” season. It’s a time when agencies spend whatever funds are left in their budget or else they will lose the money by October 1. Last year more than $45 million was spent in the last week of September. If agencies don't spend everything this week they risk their budget being docked by congress next year.
 
“Use it or lose it” season is not marked on any official government calendars,” Senator Tom Coburn said in an interview with the Washington Post. “But in Washington, it is as real as Christmas. And as lucrative.”
 
This week the Department of Veteran Affairs bought $562,000 worth of artwork, and in one day the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges. The most frivolous amount of spending came from the IRS in 2010. That year the leftover money was spent on shooting an IRS themed Star Trek parody video set on the planet NoTax. 
 
When President Obama set up an online suggestion box for the “use it or lose it” season, many federal workers anonymously spoke out against Washington’s ancient practice altogether. Many suggested the money be rolled over for the next year. 
 
The suggestion box was also a place for government workers to air their grievances on what the rest of the budget was spent on. One agency bought three years worth of staples, another bought portable generators that were never used, and the National Guard spent the rest of their money on an abundance of bullets
 
“When you get BORED from shooting MACHINE GUNS, there is a problem,” an anonymous employee wrote in the suggestion box.
 
One of the companies profiting off the “use it or lose it” season is the software company Immix. More than 25% of Immix’s business comes toward the end of September. Contractors of the software company have catered food set up for them so they can conduct business in Washington without taking a break. During this time Immix can make as much as $16 million in a day.