Defense Budget Issues:

Effect of Civilian Hiring Freeze on Fiscal Year 1991 Budget

NSIAD-90-232BR: Published: Jun 29, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the effects of the Department of Defense's (DOD) civilian hiring freeze on its fiscal year (FY) 1991 budget.

GAO found that: (1) DOD estimated that the freeze would result in potential savings of about $780 million, but believed that the savings might include about $300 million from initiatives that it had already incorporated in its FY 1991 budget, but not yet allocated to specific accounts; and (2) DOD originally listed 14 categories of exemptions and other individual vacancy exemptions, but added two additional exemption categories that DOD officials estimated would decrease FY 1991 budget savings by 25 percent, or $195 million, and would result in estimated net savings of about $585 million.

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