As stated in FEDLINK Information Alert 2008-02, "Planning for Final Fiscal Year 2008 Transactions" database subscription renewals must be placed in accordance with GAO’s decision B-309530 (September 17, 2007). It found that electronic subscriptions starting October 1 of the next fiscal year, for which there is a bona fide need in the current fiscal year, may be renewed with current fiscal year funds, but that a bona fide need could not be held to exist in the current fiscal year for a database subscription beginning October 31 or later. A copy of the decision is attached. A copy of the Information Alert is available at http://www.loc.gov/flicc/publications/ia2008/ia2008_02.pdf. Some providers of electronic subscriptions may be able to prorate subscriptions, for example to make the period begin October 1 and end September 30. Subscription periods may cross fiscal years, e.g. begin September 1 and end August 31, in keeping with rules governing severable services.