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The Department of Defense started 11 of the last 12 fiscal years under a continuing resolution, which provides temporary funding for federal agencies when Congress hasn't enacted regular appropriations by the start of the fiscal year.
Defense spending amounted to $714 billion in FY 2020—and is expected to increase to $733 billion in FY 2021.
We testified about ways that DOD can better manage defense spending. For instance, DOD could more clearly determine resource needs related to overseas contingency operations.
The Departments of Energy and Defense expect to spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade to sustain and modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The agencies are required to estimate the cost of this work over the next 10 years and provide annual updates in a joint report.
DOD relies on a mix of government personnel and contractors to carry out its multi-billion dollar major acquisition programs for new ships, planes, and more.
We reviewed, among other things, the number and type of personnel working at 11 major programs.
We were asked to examine the cost of 4 trips to the Mar-a-Lago resort by the President and 3 international trips by Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump between January and March 2017.
We estimate that
federal agencies spent about $13.6 million for the Mar-a-Lago trips.
The Departments of Defense and Energy estimate that modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal will cost billions of dollars over the next decade. The departments are required to update their 10-year cost estimates annually and report them to Congress.
What GAO Found For fiscal years 2007 through 2017, the Air Force requested $2.8 billion from Congress for Airlift Readiness Account (ARA) requirements, as part of its annual Operations and Maintenance appropriation. The Air Force allotted $2.8 billion (i.e.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) revised its foreign currency exchange rates (“budget rates”) during fiscal years 2014 through 2016 for each of the nine foreign currencies it uses to develop its Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Military Personnel (MILPERS) budget request.
What GAO Found The Department of Defense (DOD) reported obligating the $9.1 billion that Congress authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 as operation and maintenance (O&M) overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding for base requirements.