House Committee on Appropriations Report on H.R. 2219, Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, FY2012

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H. Rept. 112-110
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
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112TH CONGRESS

Report

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1st Session

112-110

--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2012

June 16, 2011- Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

Mr. YOUNG of Florida, from the Committee on Appropriations,submitted the following

R E P O R T

together with

ADDITIONAL VIEWS

[To accompany H.R. 2219]

The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense, and for other purposes, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.

BILL TOTALS

Appropriations for most military functions of the Department of Defense are provided for in the accompanying bill for fiscal year 2012. This bill does not provide appropriations for military construction, military family housing, civil defense, and military nuclear warheads, for which requirements are considered in connection with other appropriations Acts.

The President's fiscal year 2012 budget request for activities funded in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act totals $538,940,292,000 in new budget obligational authority for the base military bill.

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COMMITTEE BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS

During its review of the fiscal year 2012 budget request and execution of appropriations for fiscal year 2011, the Subcommittee on Defense held a total of nine hearings, three formal Subcommittee briefings, and numerous informal member and staff briefings during the period of February 2011 to May 2011. Testimony received by the Subcommittee totaled 808 pages of transcript. Hearings were held in open session, except when the security classification of the material to be discussed presented no alternative but to conduct those hearings in executive or closed session.

INTRODUCTION

The Committee recommendation for the fiscal year 2012 Department of Defense base budget is $530,024,959,000, which is $8,915,333,000 below the request. The Committee recommendation for overseas contingency operations is $118,684,277,000, which is $841,526,000 above the request. This increase is mostly attributable to the transfer of the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund from the Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations to the Subcommittee on Defense.

To reach the reduced base allocation, the Subcommittee has reviewed in detail the budget request and found areas and programs where reductions are possible without adversely impacting the warfighter or modernization and readiness efforts. Examples of such reductions include: programs which have been terminated or restructured since the budget was submitted, savings from favorable contract pricing adjustments, contract/schedule delays resulting in fiscal year 2012 savings, unjustified cost increases or funding requested ahead of need, anticipated or historical under execution, rescissions of unneeded prior year funds, and reductions that are authorized in the House passed fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Additionally, within this allocation, the Committee has focused on addressing Service identified unfunded requirements, including the Special Operations Command, and restoring unrealistic efficiencies included in the budget request.

TITLE VI

OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS

DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTER-DRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE

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Fiscal year 2011 appropriation $1,156,957,000

Fiscal year 2012 budget request 1,156,282,000

Committee recommendation 1,208,147,000

Change from the budget request 51,865,000

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This appropriation provides funds for Military Personnel; Operation and Maintenance; Procurement; and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation for drug interdiction and counter-drug activities of the Department of Defense to include activities related to narcoterrorism.

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NATIONAL GUARD COUNTER-DRUG PROGRAM

The Committee's recommendation includes an additional $50,000,000 to fund State-level plans for National Guard activities under Section 112 of Title 32, United States Code, and directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an expenditure and execution plan for the additional funds not later than 60 days after enactment of this Act and prior to transfer or obligation. The Department of Defense consistently has failed to provide adequate resources for State plans in its budget requests. Congress repeatedly has demonstrated its recognition of the value that National Guard capabilities bring to counter-drug efforts while simultaneously providing training and operational experience for Guard personnel. The Committee also notes that the Department has underfunded the five regional counter-drug schools, in the expectation that Congress will fund the difference via directed spending items. The Committee urges the Secretary of Defense to budget adequate resources for both State plans and counter-drug schools to ensure that federal counter-drug policy goals are met.

TITLE VIII

GENERAL PROVISIONS

The accompanying bill includes 125 general provisions. Most of these provisions were included in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2011 and many have been included in Defense Appropriations Acts for a number of years. A description of each provision follows.

Section 8011 provides for the use and obligation of funds for humanitarian and civic assistance costs under chapter 20 of Title 10, United States Code.

Section 8045 prohibits the transfer of Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies' drug interdiction and counter-drug activity funds to other agencies unless specifically provided for in an appropriations law.

Section 8058 prohibits the use of funds made available in this Act to support the training of members of foreign security forces who have engaged in gross violations of human rights.

TITLE IX

OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a report to the congressional defense committees not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act on the allocation of the funds within the accounts listed in this title. The Secretary shall submit updated reports 30 days after the end of each fiscal quarter until funds listed in this title are no longer available for obligation. The Committee directs that these reports shall include: a detailed accounting of obligations and expenditures of appropriations provided in this title by program and subactivity group for the continuation of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a listing of equipment procured using funds provided in this title. The Committee expects that, in order to meet unanticipated requirements, the Department of Defense may need to transfer funds within these appropriations accounts for purposes other than those specified in this report. The Committee directs the Department of Defense to follow normal prior approval reprogramming procedures should it be necessary to transfer funding between different appropriations accounts in this title.