You can always tell the approach of the end of the financial year as all the managers disappear like the last of winter's bramblings.
Consequently, there's nobody around to countersign any of the invoice slips for the as-per-bloody-usual last-minute spendings. And nobody to authorise the orders in the first place.
The good news is that this means that the year end process is a doddle because they say so and have never seen any proof to the contrary.
And to be fair, it mostly is. Because they're not involved.