Snippet of Conversation with this person, from Dan's blog. (LtCdr = Lieutenant Commander)
LtCdr. (Realizing that I'm not about to give up easily, brings out the secret weapon) Is your budget OPN or multi-year R&D?Read Dan's full blog post-->
Me: What is OPN?
LtCdr: (a direct hit!) It has to be one of those.
Me: (Extremely polite) Yes, thank you. What is OPN?
LtCdr: (Smug) It has to be OPN or Multi-year R&D.
Me: Um* this is R&D activity, and we've been doing it for years. Do you need official verification?
LtCdr: Is it OPN?
Me: I don't know. Please explain, what is OPN?
LtCdr: (Victoriously) It's what it has to be for me to take it.
Me: (Thinking that maybe this is a Turing test) Thanks. Does OPN stand for something? Is it an acronym?
LtCdr: (Let the circle be unbroken) It has to be OPN or multi-year R&D.
Me: Well, here's our Navy budget number. Does that make this clearer?
LtCdr: (Examining fingernails) No.
Me: (Frustrated, still in control of myself) The Navy gave me that number* it's the only number we've ever had to use* we are working for the Navy* you are in the navy* can you see if it is OPN or officially multi-year R&D?
LtCdr: That number means nothing to me (and that's not the only thing).
Me: What is the definition of OPN?
LtCdr: It's what we're allowed to take now.
Me: How can I tell if my budget is OPN or multi-year?
LtCdr: I don't know.
Me: Listen, I don't know OPN from OBGYN. I didn't decide to undertake this operation, nor did I write the contract. I have no idea what you're talking about.
Me: (Retreat!) I'll call you back.
*R&D= Research & Development. Anyone know what OPN is??