Future Years Defense Program:

Comparison of Planned Funding Levels for the 2000 and 2001 Programs

NSIAD-00-179: Published: Jun 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the planned funding levels for the common years of the Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal years (FY) 2000 and 2001 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).

GAO noted that: (1) in constant dollars, there are only minor increases in the projected year-to-year funding totals over the common 5-year period, 2001-2005, from the 2000 FYDP to the 2001 FYDP; (2) DOD plans to increase total funding over the 5-year period by $15.8 billion, or 1.1 percent, over the total funding projected in the 2000 FYDP; (3) although total programmed funds for military personnel remain virtually the same in this year's FYDP as in last year's FYDP, programmed personnel funds for Army and Air Force active forces decline, whereas programmed funds for other forces increase; (4) the largest funding increase in the operation and maintenance accounts is $9.7 billion, which is programmed for overseas contingencies; (5) while DOD's programmed procurement spending remains above the $60 billion threshold recommended by the last Quadrennial Defense Review in 1997, the 2001 FYDP projects a $3.2-billion decrease, or 1 percent, from last year's FYDP projections; (6) research, development, test, and evaluation is programmed to receive the largest appropriation increase ($15.9 billion, or 9.6 percent) and, within this category, the defensewide account is programmed to receive the largest increase ($8.3 billion); and (7) the total reduction in military construction funds would be greater than $2.2 billion were it not for $1.9 billion of new funds in the 2001 FYDP for a base realignment and closure round in 2003.

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