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grouplet

grouplet  n.— «When the thing you really want to work on is to make a broad change across the whole organization, you need something new—you need a “grouplet.” These grouplets have practically no budget, and they have no decision-making...

funding cliff

funding cliff  n.— «Naturally, however, there’s a budget sleight-of-hand. Known as a “funding cliff,” the yearly Schip layout increases to $13.9 billion in 2011, then abruptly cuts spending by 65% below current funding levels...

yellow-star cluster

yellow-star cluster  n.— «Starting with the upcoming 2009 budget, the Air Force will need at least $20 billion more every year to meet its modernization needs, he said. “I think this is really a yellow-star cluster,” Wynne said, describing...

Kelly day

Kelly day  n.— «Elimination of “Kelly days” for police officers. These are extra days off when the officers change shifts. Two years ago, Kelly days were eliminated for senior officers on desk jobs who were not changing shifts...

bluebird

bluebird  n.— «We took a fairly conservative first that did not include the so-called bluebird deal that traditionally this company has had over the last year. Last year it was premier. You know, in previous years, it’s been companies like...

wet firecracker

wet firecracker  n.— «For Charest, who is negotiating feverishly to bring his minority back from the brink of defeat in a budget vote on Friday, the report’s findings are welcome news. “This is what is called a wet...

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