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DEFENSE ACQUISITIONS: DOD's Research and Development Budget Requests to Congress Do Not Provide Consistent, Complete, and Clear Information
[Technical Report, Congressional Report]
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DOD asked Congress for 73.2 billion in fiscal year 2007 for research, development, testing, and evaluation RDT and E. DOD organized this request using program element PE codes, which are designed to convey key information about the budget request. DOD also provides documents called budget exhibits detailing the activities for which funds are being requested. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 mandated that GAO examine the program elements and budget exhibits. GAO assessed 1 whether the RDT and E program element code structure and the associated budget exhibits provide accurate, consistent, complete, and clear information, and 2 what factors contribute to any problems found. In conducting this review GAO analyzed all of the fiscal year 2007 program element codes and 47 budget exhibits. GAO also interviewed key DOD officials.
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