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A 1975 amendment to the Arms Control and Disarmament Act of 1961 required that the executive branch prepare arms control and disarmament policy and negotiations impact statements. These statements must accompany requests to the Congress for authorization or appropriations for programs meeting certain criteria. Budget requests of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) were reviewed to identify programs meeting these criteria and to determine why impact statements were not prepared for certain DOE programs.

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