Defense Budget: DOD Has Adopted Practices to Manage Within the Constraints of Continuing Resolutions, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "For 11 of the past 12 fiscal years, DOD has operated under a CR [Continuing Resolution] for some part of the fiscal year. CRs provide funding for agencies to continue operating when Congress has not enacted its regular appropriation acts before the beginning of the new fiscal year. From fiscal years 2010 through 2021--with the exception of fiscal year 2019 during which there was no CR--DOD has operated under CRs ranging from 76 to 216 days. DOD officials have stated publicly that delays in knowing when and how much funding will ultimately be available for the fiscal year hampers the military services' ability to accomplish key mission requirements and carry out management functions. The conference report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 included a provision for GAO to review the effects of CRs on DOD. This report examines, among other things, (1) the effects of constraints on the military services' spending and acquisitions during CRs, and what practices they use to minimize these effects; (2) how DOD personnel prepare for and operate under CRs; and (3) DOD's hiring of civilian personnel during CRs."

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