I don't have a budget. The previous manager used to gripe about not having a budget, i.e. no way to know how much was ok to spend, no department having accountability (he used to try to keep costs down, but many said, "The client will pay for it!").
The only guideline I have is a limit to how much I can spend on any given P.O. Above that, I have to go to a Director or V.P. and get them to sign the requisition. For instance, I have a req for $33,000 on one V.P.'s desk. (maintenance task cards for about 8 different aircraft) I've probably spent enough money with Boeing since I became manager to pay my dad's salary for the entire year--he's a Boeing engineer.
Anyway, so far no one has pushed back. One reason the previous manager quit was because of the pushing back when he tried to get signatures to purchase needed documents. ("You have to justify this!!!" when the dang thing is required by Federal regulation) I like to think somebody learned a lesson? :roll:
Maybe a departmental budgeting process is coming down the pike. We're still transitioning from the old mom-and-pop style to modern business practices.
Meanwhile, is there anything I should be doing besides documenting the necessity of each purchase?