MRAP Approach to Funding
In an effort to ensure complicated MRAP transactions occurred in a timely fashion, communication and financial processes were streamlined across key JPO, Service, OSD and Congressional financial personnel allowing for major funding processes and funding obligations to occur in days, and in some cases, hours. For example, several multi-million dollar contract awards were obligated by the JPO within 2 hours of OMB/OSD funding apportionment. This is remarkable given the appropriation of funds to each of the Services rather than to the JPO. The program’s priority status and high-level attention allowed transfer and consolidation of these funds within a matter of minutes (Cresswell-Atkinson, 2008c).
Another key to the MRAP finance office success was the ability to successfully estimate costs and to request, receive, and execute almost $20 billion in less than 18 months. Joint cost estimating was carefully managed to understand program financial requirements, noted as a critical success by the JPO Director of Budget and Financial Management (M. Cresswell-Atkinson, personal communication, July 29, 2008).
One of the non-routine fiscal initiatives the MRAP finance office created was a special “purple account,” or joint transfer account allowing for fiscal severability. This account, called the MRAP Vehicle Fund, was authorized with the passing of Public Law 110-116, the FY 2008 Defense Appropriation Act. In addition to appropriating $11.6