1994 Defense Budget:

Potential Reductions to Ammunition Programs

NSIAD-93-296: Published: Sep 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the military services' justifications for their fiscal year (FY) 1994 budget requests for ammunition; (2) the Army's request for ammunition production base support to determine whether the programs should be funded in the amounts requested; and (3) selected segments of prior-year ammunition programs to determine whether unused funds could be rescinded or used to reduce the FY 1994 request.

GAO found that: (1) the services have justified most of their $1.129-billion FY 1994 requests for ammunition; (2) the Army has justified its $207.2-million request for production base support; (3) $197.9 million of the FY 1994 request has not been justified and should not be funded; (4) the Army's $527.2-million FY 1994 request for ammunition and $207.2-million FY 1994 request for production base support could be reduced by $118.2 million; (5) the Navy's $277.1-million FY 1994 request for ammunition could be reduced by $57.9 million for 11 items; (6) the Air Force's $293.3-million request for ammunition could be reduced by $21.5 million for 3 items; (7) the Marine Corps' $85.1-million request for ammunition could be reduced by $0.3 million; and (8) $63.9 million from the services' FY 1993 appropriations and $55.2 million from the services' FY 1992 appropriations could be rescinded or used to reduce the FY 1994 budget.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $111.133 million for 6 ammunition items and the Army's FY 1994 ammunition production base support request by $3.524 million. The committees did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being avialble for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1994 budget request by $114.664 million for eight ammunition items and by $3.524 million for production base support.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $111.133 million for 6 ammunition items and the Army's FY 1994 ammunition production base support request by $3.524 million. The committees did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1994 budget request by $114.664 million for eight ammunition items and by $3.524 million for production base support.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $22.48 million from the Army's FY 1993 ammunition appropriation and rescinded $30.181 million from the Army's FY 1992 ammunition appropriation. The committees did not make the other recommended rescissions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $50.593 million from the Army's FY 1993 appropriation and $30.181 million from the Army's FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Army's FY 1994 request.

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $22.48 million from the Army's FY 1993 ammunition appropriation and rescinded $30.181 million from the Army's FY 1992 ammunition appropriation. The committees did not make the other recommended rescissions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still available for rescission.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $50.593 million from the Army's FY 1993 appropriation and $30.181 million from the Army's FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Army's FY 1994 request.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $38.009 million for 9 items. The committees did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $57.881 million.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $38.009 million for 9 items. The committees did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $57.881 million.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Air Force's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by the recommended amount of $21.462 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $21.462 million.

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Air Force's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by the recommended amount of $21.462 million.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1994 ammunition budget request by $21.462 million.

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Based on preliminary information in budget data sheets and the report, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $13.706 million from the Air Force's FY 1993 ammunition appropriation for 6 ammunition items and rescinded $17.276 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 ammunition appropriation for 6 ammunition items.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $6.764 million from the Air Force's FY 1993 appropriation and $14.72 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Air Force's FY 1994 request.

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Based on preliminary information in budget data sheets and the report, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $13.706 million from the Air Force's FY 1993 ammunition appropriation for 6 ammunition items and rescinded $17.276 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 ammunition appropriation for 6 ammunition items.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $6.764 million from the Air Force's FY 1993 appropriation and $14.72 million from the Air Force's FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Air Force's FY 1994 request.

  11. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make GAO recommended reductions of $344,000 for 2 Marine Corps ammunition items. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1994 budget request by $0.3 million for two ammunition items.

  12. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make GAO recommended reductions of $344,000 for 2 Marine Corps ammunition items. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for rescission if they are still not needed.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1994 budget request by $0.3 million for two ammunition items.

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $6.508 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1993 ammunition appropriation and rescinded $8.274 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1992 ammunition appropriation. The committees did not make the other recommended rescissions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still available for rescission.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $6.5 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1993 appropriation and $10.3 million from its FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1994 request.

  14. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations rescinded $6.508 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1993 ammunition appropriation and rescinded $8.274 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1992 ammunition appropriation. The committees did not make the other recommended rescissions. GAO is reexamining the need for these funds during its FY 1995 budget work and will identify the funds as being available for potential rescission if they are still available for rescission.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should rescind $6.5 million from the Marine Corps' FY 1993 appropriation and $10.3 million from its FY 1992 appropriation or use these amounts to reduce the Marine Corps' FY 1994 request.

 

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