McCain to block DOD funding transfers

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he'll no longer approve Defense Department requests to shift money between accounts, Defense News reports.

Other than for emergencies, McCain said he will not approve DOD requests to move money until he receives a detailed report on funding transfers over the last two years; as ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain has the power to singlehandedly block those requests, the article noted.

The administrative process, known as reprogramming, allows flexibility in moving money between accounts as needs change during the year. Last year, Congress approved between $12 billion and $15 billion in those transfers, McCain said, adding that this year DOD has sent seven transfer requests to Congress that total more than $850 million.

Reader Comments

Fri, Mar 23, 2012 Juliet Echo USA

The issue with the lack of reprogramming dollars is that he'll force the services to spend the money regardless, in order to guarantee that their budget will not be affected the following year. Between FY11 and FY12 we've gone from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, to focusing efforts in the Horn of Africa region, as well as others. Shutting down Iraq is another milestone that forces reprogramming from one mission to another. The money will be spent, it's a matter of how...If a certain DoD program is underspent, they can reprogram those dollars into another one that needs it. This is how the DoD ends up spending $10k on a toilet.

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