Monday, October 17, 2016

The Pentagon Must Stop Abusing the War Budget - The National Interest

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/the-pentagon-must-stop-abusing-the-war-budget-18046

...The revelation was recently confirmed by Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col Eric Badger. Badger acknowledged that this year’s request for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account – the formal term for the war budget – contains $30 billion for “enduring requirements” that have always been funded whether or not the nation was at war....
Budget analyst Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies has noted that the Pentagon’s admission “directly contradicts what DOD submitted to Congress . . . DOD is effectively acknowledging that it misled Congress and the public in its budget submission."  The department’s FY2017 budget proposal did partially lift the veil on this practice by noting that $5.2 billion of its OCO request was for non-war costs.  But it ends up that the proper figure was six times that amount.  Given this reality, it is not surprising that organizations like the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) have suggested that the Pentagon has been using the war budget as a “slush fund” to pay for all manner of items that don’t fit within its regular funding stream....

bth: DoD is deliberately gaming the budget. But on the other hand Congress has failed to pass a budget once again so it looks like DoD is using the contingency fund to handle new projects and their budget over runs.

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