Appropriated Fund Support for Nonappropriated Fund and Related Activities in the Department of Defense

FPCD-77-58: Published: Aug 31, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1977.

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The government spends over $600 million each year to subsidize Department of Defense (DOD) activities such as exchanges, clubs, recreation facilities, and gas stations.

Morale, welfare, and recreation programs, excluding commissaries, do over $5 billion in business each year and receive over $600 million in appropriated fund support. Commissaries, considered as appropriated fund activities by the military, do an additional $3 billion in business and receive about $300 million in appropriated fund support. All programs receive appropriated fund support in the form of personnel, supplies, utilities, and/or transportation. In addition to direct appropriations, there are other large subsidies, such as exemption from taxes and free use of real estate. One of the most costly forms of appropriated fund support is the large number of military personnel assigned to or used in morale, welfare, and recreation activities.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: Appropriated funds for the extensive support facilities for military personnel should be used in one of two ways: (1) for public activities in nonurban areas and in urban areas where available community facilities are inadequate; or (2) for community activities at all installations. Under either alternative, Congress should continue appropriated fund support for common base services and prohibit the use of funds for military staffing unless civilian employees are not available.


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