Overseas Contingency Operations

  • Troops stand to get 3.1 percent increase in Trump budget proposal

    The Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal for government spending gives a big boost to the Pentagon and other security-related agencies, while calling for a cut of more than $2.7 trillion in federal civilian spending over the next ten years.

  • Using OCO funds to bypass budget caps ‘departure from historical norms,’ CBO says

    The Congressional Budget Office said current use of overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds to pay for enduring costs can distort the DoD’s long-term budget planning.

  • Why Congress should stop using OCO to get around the Budget Control Act

    Presidents have used the overseas contingency operations fund to bolster the Defense Department budget outside of the Budget Control Act rules. But Congress should do better.

  • DoD seeks guidance from new administration on overseas contingency fund

    The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget. But the last administration’s budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what?

  • John Pendleton: What does White House want in DoD’s OCO budget?

    The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations budget. But the last administration’s budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what? For more, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities at the Government Accountability Office.

  • How DISA shifted from exclusive cloud provider to facilitator

    For nearly 10 years, the Defense Information Systems Agency has been working to provide secure cloud computing to DoD agencies. DISA now helps agencies use commercial providers in a secure way.

  • Andrew Von Ah: DoD’s ongoing O&M accounting problem

    New estimates from Government Accountability Office say the Defense Department has routinely dipped into its overseas contingency operations account to fund “enduring” requirements since 2009, but there’s no way to tell which account ultimately funded any particular expense, making it very difficult for Congress to oversee DoD’s operations and maintenance accounts. Andrew Von Ah, GAO’s acting director for Defense Capabilities and Management, talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the O&M accounting problem.

  • New administration, same budget cap challenges, defense expert warns

    Familiar debates over the caps set in the Budget Control Act will crop again during the next administration, defense budget analyst Todd Harrison said at a press briefing marking the fifth anniversary of the 2011 law. The Defense Department has avoided many of the dire consequences it predicted would happen during 10 years of “devastating cuts.” But it’s used a series of workarounds to dodge many of the impacts.

  • Top defense lawmaker says DoD is using money it doesn’t have in 2017

    House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry says the Defense Department is already spending $6 billion it hasn’t budgeted for in 2017.

  • On DoD: time to end ‘abuse’ of Pentagon’s wartime fund

    A new report from a Washington-based think tank points to an ever-widening disconnect between the size of the Defense Department’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund and the troop levels it was originally meant to pay for.