1996 Defense Budget:

Potential Reductions, Rescissions, and Restrictions in RDT&E and Procurement

NSIAD-95-218BR: Published: Sep 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1995.

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GAO examined the Department of Defense's fiscal year (FY) 1996 budget request and prior years' appropriations for selected research, development, test, and evaluation and procurement programs focusing on identification of potential reductions in the FY 1996 budget request and potential rescissions to prior years' appropriations.

GAO found that: (1) due to schedule delays, changes in program requirements, and issues that emerged since the budget request was developed, there are opportunities to reduce funding levels for FY 1996 by about $956.4 million and rescind about $265.2 million from prior years' appropriations; (2) Congress could restrict about $934.2 million from obligation until specified criteria are met to minimize risks in acquisition programs; (3) about $97.8 million in obligational authority expires on September 30, 1995; (4) of the totals, there are potential budget reductions of about $102.6 million to the FY 1996 research, development, test, and evaluation budget request, and potential rescissions of about $14.8 million to prior years' appropriations; and (5) there are about $27.4 million in obligational authority that can be restricted.

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