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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having each expenditure or item justified as to need or cost: "Zero-base budgeting requires its practitioners to justify every dollar they spend” ( Wall Street Journal).

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Examples

  • But if you don't address them, and continually try to zero-base your schedule, it will end up managing you instead of the other way around.

    Ron Ashkenas: Is Your Calendar Managing You?

  • One way to do this is to start from a zero-base, where ministries have to justify every yen, which the government has promised to do with Japan's so-called special accounts budget in the autumn.

    Japan's Budget Looks Busted From Start

  • Perhaps the most perverse reason for higher tuition costs is that institutions of higher learning rarely, if ever, zero-base their budgets.

    Jonathan R. Cole: No Concept of Death

  • So there were times when I wanted to zero-base budget, and to cut taxes even more, and I didn't have enough support in order to accomplish that.

    Transcript of Palin, Biden debate

  • But the new congressional leadership talks about "zero-base" budgeting, a worthy concept that requires every spending decision to be justified.

    Biting The Handout That Feeds Me

  • At PDF, I ask Vint Cerf — who said the FCC should die — to zero-base what government should or must do: regulation, incentive, investment.

    F the FCC: The internet as interstate « BuzzMachine

  • So there were times when I wanted to zero-base budget and to cut taxes even more, and I didn't have enough support in order to accomplish that.

    Vice Presidential Debate Transcript

  • It is famous for "zero-base budgeting," in which managers must justify every expense anew each year.

    Time for Fannie, Freddie?

  • When we contacted a senior HQ manager a few weeks ago about this decision, we were told that the decision was a response to recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and by a Non-Advocate Review (NAR) panel during a zero-base review performed last autumn.

    NASA Watch: Personnel News: September 2005 Archives

  • The progress report should reflect a sense of ownership and, at the same time, analyze the trends in the chart and evaluate our operation from what we call a “zero-base.”

    Results FROM THE Heart

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