Review of Navy's Fiscal Year 1979 Appropriation Request for Funds To Construct Trident Base Support Facilities and for Community Impact Assistance

LCD-78-328: Published: Jun 14, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1978.

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The Navy's Trident submarine base under construction in Kitsap County, Washington, includes facilities for missile assembly, maintenance, and storage; personnel training and housing; and maintenance of the 10-ship Trident squadron. The fiscal year 1979 appropriation request for the Trident military construction program includes $6.34 million for construction of four Trident base projects and $10.3 million for community impact assistance.

Because of slippage in the delivery date of the first submarines, two projects with estimated costs totaling $1.54 million could be deferred until fiscal year 1980 or later. Another project could be reduced in scope, resulting in a cost reduction of $385,000 in the 1979 request. The Navy could probably fund the remaining projects in its fiscal year 1979 request with unused funds from prior projects. About $4.9 million in prior years' community impact appropriations could be used to reduce the fiscal year 1979 appropriation request for impact assistance. The Office of Economic Adjustment's $44 million estimate for community impact assistance to State and local governments could be reduced by about $9.1 million because expected motor fuel and license tax revenues were not fully considered as a local funding source and some road and school costs were overestimated. Controls are needed to assure that all planned Trident-related community impact projects which have been used to justify impact assistance payments are constructed.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the Office of Economic Adjustment to establish methods to ensure that Trident-related projects are constructed, to study the community impact assistance funding requirements, and report to the Appropriations Committees on changes to be made in the funding requirements.

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