I foresee a brain-hurty conversation on Monday.
My company, like all companies, has the occasional budget issue. Currently, money is being harvested from the research groups to go to other areas of the company, so although our budgets were approved at the start of the year, any money allotted for each month that is not used during that month is considered "extra" and taken away.
Which would be fine - use it or lose it - but the thing is, research requires a certain amount of data collection. Two projects have had unforeseen and out-of-our-control delays that required the data collection to be moved to later in the year. But the budget system was locked right after the initial approval, so we can't also shift the allocated money to later in the year. So all the money we budgeted up front is not being used and thus about to be taken away. This is bad, since it means when we finally are able to run our data collection, we won't have the money, and therefore, won't be able to do the data collection.
So, in an effort to forestall the budget removal, our project manager just sent an email saying essentially "Spend to your plan!" But we can't because nothing is as budget-intense as data collection, which we simply can't do now. And because the system won't let us move the money out to when we'll need it, it now looks like we have buckets of unused money.
Think management would approve a last-minute team-building data collection exercise in Hawaii?