Department of Defense--Obligation of Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Funds
B-305494: Mar 27, 2006
- Full Report:
In your letter of May 23, 2005, Congress asked us to monitor a potential impoundment of funds by the Department of Defense with regard to chemical weapons demilitarization activities at Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, and Pueblo Depot, Colorado. Specifically, Congress asked GAO to monitor whether funds appropriated for Chemical Weapons Demilitarization at the Blue Grass and Pueblo sites are being properly obligated and whether the Department was impounding funds for chemical weapons demilitarization. GAO has verified that the Department obligated $103 million for chemical weapons demilitarization activities at Blue Grass and Pueblo. Furthermore, we have found no impoundment of funds occurring.
B-305494, Department of Defense -- Obligation of Chemical Weapons Demilitarization Funds, March 27, 2006
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Dear Senator McConnell:
In your letter of
Under the Chemical Weapons Convention ratified in 1998, the
Concerned with delays in the development of chemical weapons demilitarization disposal facilities at the Blue Grass and Pueblo sites, Congress enacted a provision in the fiscal year 2005 emergency supplemental appropriations act requiring that any unobligated balances of appropriations for Chemical Weapons Demilitarization at those two sites remain available for obligation solely for the destruction of the
We asked the Department of Defense (Department) for information and obligational data in order to respond to your request and sought the Department's legal view on whether it was impounding appropriated funds intended for chemical weapons demilitarization at the two sites. Letter from Anthony H. Gamboa, General Counsel, GAO, to William J. Haynes, General Counsel, Department of Defense, Aug. 15, 2005.
In its response, the Department advised that all fiscal year 2005 funds for the Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives program had been released for obligation. Letter from E. Scott Castle, Deputy General Counsel (Fiscal), Department of Defense, to Anthony Gamboa, General Counsel, GAO, Oct. 17, 2005. The Department also reported that as of
The Department provided GAO with confirming documentation, including copies of contract modifications. GAO verified that the Department obligated $103 million for chemical weapons demilitarization activities at Blue Grass Army Depot,
Anthony H. Gamboa
 S. Rep. No. 109-52, at 27-28 (2005) (The Committee is concerned with the status of the Chemical Demilitarization program. The cost of operations and development of new facilities is growing at a disturbing rate. The increasing expenses when combined with delays in developing the Blue Grass and Pueblo Chemical Munitions Disposal Facilities are placing the nation's ability to meet the Chemical Weapons Convention Treaty requirements at risk.).