DOD Budget: Status of Five-Year Defense Plan

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1990-02-26.

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United   States   General   Accounting   Office
Report to the Honorable
Andy Ireland
House of Representatives

Status of Five-Y
Defense Plan
      united states
GAO   General
                 Accounting   Office
                      D.C. 20648
      National Security and
      International    Affairs Division


      February 26,199O

      The Honorable Andy Ireland
      House of Representatives

      Dear Mr. Ireland:

      This letter is in further response to your October 17, 1989, and
      January 4,1990, requests regarding the Department of Defense’s (DOD)
      Five-Year Defense Program (FYDP) and provides other information as
      requested by your staff. Our report to you dated February 22,1990,
      provides the latest information regarding the status of DOD’s FYDP. It also
      includes, as you requested, an assessment of the inflation rates con-
      tained in the President’s budget request and outyear projections.

      As stated in our February 22, 1990, report, DOD did not submit a revised
      FYDP with the President’s fiscal year 1991 budget submission. DOD states
      that it does not plan to submit a revised FYTIP until the completion of the
      fiscal year 1992 budget cycle. As you know, title 10 of the U.S. Code, as
      added by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990
      and 1991 (P.L. 101-189, November 29, 1989) states: “The Secretary of
      Defense shall submit to Congress each year at or about the time that the
      President’s budget is submitted . . the current five year defense pro-
      gram . reflecting the estimated expenditures and proposed appropria-
      tions included in that budget.” This section also requires consistency in
      the numbers reported in the budget submission with those reported in
      the FYDP.

      The conference report on the fiscal years 1988-89 WD Authorization Act
      explained that DOD was to show in detail how its plans for the outyears
      of the 5-year period would be affected by the enactment of the aggre-
      gate obligational authority for those years set forth in the President’s
      budget. The conferees expected that FYDP submissions would be at the
      same level of detail as the fiscal years 1988 and 1989 budget submis-
      sions, together with the associated construction, procurement, and
      research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) annexes.

      WD   has submitted summary information on planned budget reductions
      for fiscal years 1992-94, but has stated that this was not intended to
      satisfy the requirements of section 114a. We agree with DOD that the

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information submitted to date is not the submission contemplated in sec-
tion 114a. DOD's position is that given the level of uncertainty in the cur-
rent international situation, it is not possible at this point to submit a
FYDP that fully complies with that section.

We are continuing our analysis of recent budget and funding trends in
the procurement and RDT&E accounts. We are comparing actual funding
levels for procurement accounts and planning data for those accounts
since the early 1980s. We are available to brief your staff on the status
of this work at your convenience.

We are sending copies of this report to the Chairmen, House and Senate
Committees on Appropriations, House and Senate Committees on Armed
Services, House and Senate Budget Committees, the Senate Committee
on Governmental Affairs, the House Committee on Government Opera-
tions and the Secretary of Defense. Copies will be made available to
other interested parties upon request.

This report was prepared under the direction of Paul F. Math, Director,
Research, Development, Acquisition, and Procurement Issues, who may
be reached on 275-8400 if you or your staff have any questions. Other
major contributors are listed in appendix I.

Sincerely yours,

Frank C. Conahan
Assistant Comptroller General

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Appendix I

Major Contributors to This Report

                        Michael E. Motley, Associate Director
National Security and   James F. Wiggins, Assistant Director
International Affairs   Sherlle S. Svestka, Evaluator-in-Charge
Division, Washington,

                        William T. Woods, Assistant General Counsel
Office of the General

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