1993 Defense Budget:

Potential Reductions to Ammunition Programs

NSIAD-92-249: Published: Aug 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 25, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military services' amended fiscal year (FY) 1993 budget requests for ammunition, the Army's request for ammunition production base support, and selected segments of appropriations for prior years for some items.

GAO found that: (1) the Army's FY 1993 budget request could be reduced by $191.3 million because projected inventories will exceed needs and because not all requested maintenance and layaway funds will be needed for the specific purposes cited; (2) the Army does not need $4.1 million in 1992 funds for the renovation of Operation Desert Storm ammunition; (3) the Navy's FY 1993 budget request could be reduced by $15.7 million because it overestimated training needs and no longer plans to procure a specific ammunition item; (4) the Navy no longer planned to procure $10.6 million in general purpose bombs from FY 1991 appropriated funds; (5) the Air Force's FY 1993 budget request could be reduced by $26.5 million because of reduced requirements due to mission changes, overstated unit costs, and excessive inventory; (6) the Air Force received $5.5 million in FY 1992 funds for unneeded ammunition; and (7) the Marine Corps' FY 1993 budget request could be reduced by $21.7 million because inventory needs will be exceeded, the procurement of one item is uneconomical, and its request for certain ammunition was premature.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY93 ammunition budget request by $90 million and its FY93 production base support requests by $11.7 million. They did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during an on-going FY94 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the ammunition program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1993 budget request by $179.6 million for seven ammunition items and by $11.7 million for production base support.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY93 ammunition budget requests by $90 million and its FY93 production base support request by $11.7 million. They did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during our on-going FY94 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the ammunition program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1993 budget request by $179.6 million for seven ammunition items and by $11.7 million for production base support.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY93 budget request by $4.1 million rather than rescind the $4.1 million from the Army's FY92 appropriation.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $4.1 million from the Army's FY 1992 appropriations.

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY93 budget request by $4.1 million rather than rescind the $4.1 million from the Army's FY92 appropriation.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $4.1 million from the Army's FY 1992 appropriations.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made the recommended reduction of $15.7 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $15.7 million.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made our recommended reductions of $15.7 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $15.7 million.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded the $10.6 million identified.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $10.6 million from the Navy's FY 1991 appropriation.

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded the $10.6 million we identified.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $10.6 million from the Navy's FY 1991 appropriation.

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made the recommended reductions of $26.5 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $26.5 million.

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made GAO recommended reductions of $26.5 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $26.5 million.

  11. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended rescission. GAO will follow-up on the recommendation during an on-going FY94 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $5.5 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 appropriation.

  12. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended rescission. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during an on-going FY94 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $5.5 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 appropriation.

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made the recommended reductions of $21.7 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $21.7 million.

  14. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations made the recommended reductions of $21.7 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1993 ammunition budget request by $21.7 million.

 

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