Military Operations:

Some Funds for Fiscal Year 1999 Contingency Operations Will Be Available for Future Needs

NSIAD-99-244BR: Published: Sep 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the costs of and funding for fiscal year (FY) 1999 overseas military contingency operations; and (2) whether any funds remaining at the end of FY 1999 can be applied to FY 2000 funding requirements.

GAO noted that: (1) based on its analysis of available funding and costs through June 1999, GAO believes that there is sufficient funding for all FY 1999 contingency operations costs and project that between $138 million and $475 million of the funds originally appropriated to fund FY 1999 contingency operations could be applied to FY 2000 funding requirements; (2) the availability of funds originally intended to fund FY 1999 contingency operations is due primarily to the fact that combat operations in Kosovo ended in June 1999 rather than continuing to the end of the fiscal year as anticipated; and (3) the Department of Defense agrees that there are sufficient funds to meet FY 1999 costs, but believes that only $138 million will be available to apply to FY 2000 funding requirements.

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