Accession Number : ADA282589

Title :   Fiscal Oversight of the Budget for Strategic Sealift, Fiscal Years 1981-1994.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Steinmetz, Mark J.

Report Date : JUN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : This thesis examines congressional oversight of strategic sealift programs. The historical background and elements of strategic sealift are explained. The composition and size of the strategic sealift budget is examined, as are the structure and tools of congressional oversight. The budget for strategic sealift is examined from presidential request through final appropriations over the 14 year period between 1980 and 1993. Changes made during the authorization and appropriations sequences are explained, and differences between the House and Senate support are identified. Congress and the executive branch did not agree on the priority to be given to strategic sealift programs, with Congress approving significantly larger budgets for this program than DoD requested. The Senate was slightly more supportive of sealift programs than was the House. In keeping with their customary roles within the budget process, the authorization committees provided the majority of policy guidance using study requirements and report language. The appropriations committees deviated from their traditional roles by providing constant and substantial budget increases above the levels set by the authorization committees. Strategic sealift, Budget, Fiscal, Congressional oversight

Descriptors :   *CONGRESS, *MARINE TRANSPORTATION, *MILITARY BUDGETS, BUDGETS, SHIPPING, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, POLICIES, PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, SENATE, THESES, TOOLS.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE