Accession Number : ADA601568
Title : Global Security Contingency Fund: Summary and Issue Overview
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Serafino, Nina M
Report Date : 04 Apr 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 17
Abstract : The FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 112-81), Section 1207, created a new Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF) as a 4-year pilot project to be jointly administered and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the State Department. The purpose of the fund is to carry out security and counterterrorism training, and rule of law programs. The GSCF is placed under the State Department's budget. Although decisions are to be jointly made by the Secretaries of State and Defense, the mandated mechanism puts the Secretary of State in the lead. The GSCF was conceived of as an important step in improving U.S. efforts to enable foreign military and security forces to better combat terrorism and other threats. It incorporates features of previous legislation and reflects recommendations to address multiple deficiencies in current national security structures and practices. Many have hope that it will provide a model for interagency cooperation on security assistance that will overcome the disadvantages of the current system of agency-centric budgets and efforts. Extended start-up difficulties, however, have led to questions about the mechanism's utility. The Administration has taken steps to program FY2012 funds. In mid-2012, it notified Congress that it would initiate programs for Yemen and East Africa under the transitional (Section 1207(n), P.L. 112-81) authority with authorized funding up to $75 million each. These are being implemented. Later in the year, the Administration transferred $44.8 million to the GSCF for programs under the core GSCF legislation, which provided for country selection by the Administration in the course of the fiscal year. The Secretary of State designated seven countries as eligible for this assistance: Nigeria, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Libya, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
Descriptors : *COUNTERTERRORISM , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *DEPARTMENT OF STATE , *FEDERAL BUDGETS , *MILITARY BUDGETS , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *SECURITY PERSONNEL , *TRAINING , BANGLADESH , EAST AFRICA , HUNGARY , INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS , LIBYA , NIGERIA , PHILIPPINES , RUMANIA , SLOVAKIA , STABILIZATION , YEMEN
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Forces and Organizations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE