1994 DOD Budget:

Potential Reductions to the Operation and Maintenance Programs

NSIAD-93-295BR: Published: Sep 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military services' operation and maintenance (O&M) budget requests for fiscal year 1994, focusing on whether O&M accounts should be funded as requested.

GAO found that: (1) potential reductions and rescissions to the services' 1994 O&M budget total $6.7 billion; (2) between fiscal years 1989 and 1992, the services had $1.197 billion in unobligated O&M appropriations; (3) budget requests are generally overstated to compensate for future requirements and reductions; (4) the Air Force's and Army's budget requests do not reflect anticipated burden-sharing payments received from Korea and Japan; (5) budget requests for spare parts do not recognize savings available through improved inventory management practices; (6) the services' budget requests for depot maintenance, travel funds, and pilot training flying hours are overstated; (7) funding for many Department of Defense (DOD) systems and drug interdiction efforts could be reduced due to their questionable effectiveness, viability, and continued need; (8) DOD could save substantial funding by increasing its use of existing cargo aircraft capacity and reducing its civilian personnel requests; (9) Congress could rescind funds for National Guard youth programs, special event security items, and the Navy's morale, welfare, and recreation programs; and (10) Congress could reduce the services' repair and maintenance budget requests due to an expected base closing.

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