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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.

The

Fund

gave

the

JPO

flexibility

and

earned

transfer

and

obligate

funds

as

needed

in

support of

procuring

versus FY

2008 with

MRAPs. Figure 8 shows fiscal severability and the

the differences MRAP Vehicle

in fund Fund.

flow

for

FY

2007

Figure 8.

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.

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