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GAO Finds DoD Budget Shifts Helped Manage Sequestration Cuts

PentagonThe Defense Department’s decision to shift funding in order to comply with $37 billion in mandated sequestration cuts earlier this year helped offset impacts on areas such as the Afghanistan war, Reuters reported Thursday.

David Alexander writes that a Government Accountability Office report highlighted adjustments the Pentagon made to Army training and aircraft flight times, as well as furloughs to civilian agencies.

“By setting priorities for funding and using available prior-year unobligated balances to help meet required reductions, DoD was able to protect or minimize disruptions in certain key areas,” the watchdog said in a 44-page report, according to Reuters.

Alexander writes GAO also warned the effects of postponing some procurement programs could raise costs in the long-term.

The reductions in March saw the Pentagon’s budget cut to $490 billion from $527 billion.

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