Prior to the creation of the MRAP Vehicle Fund, monies dedicated to the MRAP program were restricted to their respective appropriation accounts or “color of money.” For example, money dedicated or “colored” specifically for procurement could not be used for testing and evaluation (T&E), but the program office did just that prior to the creation of the special fund. The “color of money” restrictions would not allow blending of funds from one account into another because these controls are intended to ensure that each dollar is spent for the purpose appropriated by Congress. This was restrictive at best
and unacceptable in a fast moving, appropriation to the “purple” MRAP the trust of Congress, allowing the
highly Vehicle JPO to
political program such as MRAP.
MRAPs. Figure 8 shows fiscal severability and the
the differences MRAP Vehicle
in fund Fund.
FY07 versus FY08 Finance Procedures
(From M. Cresswell-Atkinson, personal communication, July 29, 2008)
Figures 9 and 10 summarize all contract actions for the MRAP program through July 2008.