Accession Number : ADA314076

Title :   Military Bases: Potential Reductions to the Fiscal Year 1997 Base Closure Budget.

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

PDF Url : ADA314076

Report Date : 15 JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : The annual review covers the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) accounts and makes recommendations on the validity of the Department of Defense's (DOD) proposed budget request for base closure activities. This report focuses on the accuracy of DOD'S BRAC budget estimates and on opportunities to reduce the fiscal year 1997 BRAC budget. Changing national security needs and DOD'S recognition that its base structure was larger than required led to a decision to close numerous bases around the country. Consequently, the Congress enacted legislation that instituted base closure rounds in 1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995. The BRAC legislation also established closure accounts to finance the closures of bases identified in the base closure process. DOD annually sends the Congress detailed budget submissions to justify its BRAC funding requests. The budget submissions contain six subaccounts: military construction, family housing, environmental, operations and maintenance (O&M), military permanent change in station, and other. The budget is used by the Congress to make separate appropriations for each BRAC round. BRAC appropriations need not be obligated in the year of appropriation and, except for the environmental subaccount prior to fiscal year 1996, they need not be used in the subaccount for which they were requested. DOD is requesting $2.5 billion for the BRAC accounts in fiscal year 1997.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FACILITIES, *COST ESTIMATES, *REDUCTION, *MILITARY BUDGETS, *BASE CLOSURES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, CONGRESS, NATIONAL SECURITY, ECONOMICS, MONITORING, ACCURACY, CONSTRUCTION, ALLOCATIONS, MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, MILITARY PLANNING, LEGISLATION, HOUSING(DWELLINGS), MILITARY ENGINEERING.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE