Defense Budget:

Potential Reductions to DOD's Fiscal Year 1990 Ammunition Budget

NSIAD-90-23: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1989.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military services' fiscal year (FY) 1990 budget requests and the Army's request for ammunition production base support.

GAO found that the services overstated $756.2 million of the total $2.7-billion ammunition budget request. GAO also found that the Army overstated its request by $514.7 million because: (1) it did not need three items to meet 1990 delivery schedules; (2) two items had production backlogs; (3) three items had overstated program quantities; (4) it did not approve two developmental items in time for the 1990 budget; (5) existing items could meet its needs less expensively than two new items; (6) one partially tested item's acquisition was questionable; (7) it overstated one item's unit cost; and (8) a production base support item was not on the 1990 production schedule. GAO also found that the Navy overstated its request by $28.5 million because: (1) three items had production problems; and (2) it did not approve one item in time for the 1990 program. GAO also found that the Air Force overstated its request by $193.3 million because: (1) it did not need six items to meet 1990 delivery schedules; and (2) it requested three items in quantities that would produce excessive inventories. In addition, GAO found that the Marine Corps overstated its request by $22.7 million because it could use 1989 funds to meet its 1990 needs for one item.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended reduction to the Marine Corps' FY 1990 ammunition budget request. Since Congress has completed actions on the FY 1990 budget, the recommendation is no longer applicable.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition budget by $22.7 million.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1990 ammunition budget request by $1.4 million for 1 item. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's ammunition budget request by $28.5 million for four ammunition items.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1990 ammunition budget request by $1.4 million for 1 item. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's ammunition budget request by $28.5 million for four ammunition items.

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Air Force's FY 1990 ammunition budget by $4 million for 2 items. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's ammunition request by $193.3 million for nine budget line items.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Air Force's FY 1990 ammunition budget request by $4 million for 2 items. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's ammunition request by $193.3 million for nine budget line items.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's ammunition budget request by $204.4 million for 10 ammunition items. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's ammunition budget request by $514.7 million for 15 items.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY 1990 ammunition budget request by $204.4 million for 10 ammunition items. They did not make the other recommended reductions.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's ammunition budget request by $514.7 million for 15 items.

  8. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended reduction to the Marine Corps' FY 1990 ammunition budget request. Since Congress has completed actions on the FY 1990 budget, the recommendation is no longer applicable.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition budget by $22.7 million.

 

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