1997 DOD Budget:

Potential Reductions to Operation and Maintenance Program

NSIAD-96-220: Published: Sep 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1996.

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GAO evaluated the military services' and Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal year (FY) 1997 operations and maintenance (O&M) budget requests, focusing on whether the O&M accounts should be funded in the amounts requested.

GAO found that: (1) GAO identified potential budget reductions of about $3.4 billion to the FY 1997 O&M budget requests; (2) the FY 1997 Army, Navy, and Air Force budgets for spare parts could be reduced by $723 million; (3) the Army, Navy, and Air Force O&M budget requests for bulk fuel could be reduced by $522.3 million; and (4) in view of an overall trend in inaccurately establishing either requested amounts or obligations for specific projects, Congress could reduce the services' O&M funding request to amounts that more accurately reflect what is actually needed. GAO also found other potential reductions in budget requests involving: (1) aircraft storage; (2) Defense Business Operations Fund pass-throughs; (3) civilian personnel requirements; (4) Army operating tempo; (5) U.S. Transportation Command; (6) environmental restoration; (7) flying hours; (8) Air Force aircraft basing; (9) real property maintenance; (10) Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System; (11) training rotations at the National Training Center and the Joint Readiness Training Center; (12) Army Prepositioning Afloat Program; (13) fuel tax refunds; (14) Bosnia operations; (15) ammunition maintenance; (16) mine hunter ships; and (17) morale, welfare, and recreation.

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