Defense Procurement:

Trends for 1985-93 in DOD's Spending, Employment, and Contractors

NSIAD-92-274BR: Published: Aug 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: Department of Defense (DOD) military and civilian employment; (2) the number of defense-related jobs in the private sector; (3) the number of DOD contractors; (4) the impediments to identifying job impacts associated with changes in spending at the third and fourth subcontractor tiers; and (5) trends in DOD budget authority and outlays.

GAO found that DOD: (1) active duty military employment increased from 1985 through 1987 before subsequent and continued decreases; (2) DOD civilian employment varies and is decreasing; (3) total defense-related employment shows no change from 1985, but is expected to decrease; (4) defense-related employment is statistically difficult to identify due to a lack of information from contractors and lower-tier subcontractors; and (5) budget authority is expected to continue decreasing, but DOD outlays from 1985 through 1992 did not show a clear trend.

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