Accession Number : ADA299072

Title :   1996 Defense Budget: Potential Reductions, Rescissions, and Restrictions in RDT&E and Procurement.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

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Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 106

Abstract : The General Accounting Office (GAO) examined the Department of Defense's fiscal year 1996 budget request and prior years appropriations for selected research, development, test, and evaluation and procurement programs. GAO's objectives were to identify potential reductions in the fiscal year 1996 budget request and potential rescissions to prior years appropriations. This report summarizes information and briefings provided from April through July 1995. Due to schedule delays, changes in program requirements, and issues that emerged since the budget request was developed, GAO identified opportunities to reduce the funding levels for fiscal year 1996 by about $956.4 million and rescind about $265.2 million from prior years appropriations. GAO also identified about $934.2 million the Congress can restrict from obligation until specified criteria are met to minimize risks in acquisition programs. In addition, GAO identified about about $97.8 million in obligational authority expiring on September 30, 1995. Of the totals, GAO identified potential budget reductions of about $102.6 million to the fiscal year 1996 research, development, test, and evaluation budget request and potential rescissions of about $14.8 million to prior years' appropriations (see table 1). Also identified was about $27.4 million in obligational authority that can be restricted. (See app. I for more details about the individual programs.)

Descriptors :   *EFFICIENCY, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY BUDGETS, CONGRESS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ACQUISITION, REDUCTION, SCHEDULING, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE