Contingency Operations: DoD's Reported Costs Contain Significant Inaccuracies.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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Since fiscal year 1992, the Department of Defense DOD has reported over 7 billion in incremental costs for its participation in contingency operations. Accurate reporting of contingency operations costs is important for effective congressional oversight of appropriated funds. Over the past several years, the Congress has provided supplemental funding or reprogramming of previously appropriated funds to cover contingency operations costs. When costs are inaccurately reported, the Congress cannot assess with confidence the sufficiency of funds it has provided DOD. In response to a request from the Chairmen of the House Committees on International Relations and National Security, GAO reviewed 1 the accuracy of DoD-reported incremental costs for contingency operations and 2 the adequacy of DOD guidance and accounting systems to ensure accurate cost reporting.
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