American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
“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.”
“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.”
“Perhaps the most perverse reason for higher tuition costs is that institutions of higher learning rarely, if ever, zero-base their budgets.”
“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.”
“But the new congressional leadership talks about "zero-base" budgeting, a worthy concept that requires every spending decision to be justified.”
“At PDF, I ask Vint Cerf — who said the FCC should die — to zero-base what government should or must do: regulation, incentive, investment.”
“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.”
“It is famous for "zero-base budgeting," in which managers must justify every expense anew each year.”
“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.”
“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.””
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