Thursday, October 1, 2015
Happy New Fiscal Year!
One of the XO's major responsibilities is managing the ship's budget. This includes making sure our funding is used to appropriately support mission execution, including buying parts, supplies, paying for port calls and other ship's amenities and utilities. Because we're a federal agency, we follow the federal government's fiscal year of 1 October to 30 September.
So...out with the old, in with the new! Happy FY16...in three hours.
Thankfully, though, we're pretty well wrapped up on FY15. We had a few violent hiccups at the very tail end of the FY -- you know the kind where it feels like you're going to break a rib if you hiccup one more time. But with some great support from our ADCON, we worked through them. With a whopping 11 hours to spare.
I am approaching the new fiscal year with some trepidation. From the news I'm reading, it sounds like there will be a continuing resolution to see us through the first few months of the new fiscal year. Stable funding, like a full-year budget, is much easier to plan for than a series of CRs. But I'll take the CRs over a government shut-down any day.
We'll wake up tomorrow morning, the sky will still be blue, the ocean salty and the sun bright. And it'll be a brand new fiscal year. Cheers, all!
LCDR Charlotte Mundy
USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616)