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Pentagon Asks Congress to Reprogram $10B

PentagonThe Defense Department is seeking Congress’ permission to shift $9.6 billion in funds this year to its wartime budget in an effort to manage shortfalls, DoD Buzz reported Monday.

Brendan McGarry writes the agency sent lawmakers two funding-related requests for fiscal year 2013 and a separate war funding request for the next fiscal year.

Officials asked Congress for permission to reprogram $9 billion and allocate $617 million for intelligence programs.

“This reprogramming action provides funding in support of higher priority items, based on unforseen military requirements,” the Pentagon said in the request obtained by DoD Buzz.

The move is intended to trade funding for military vehicles and supplies in order to support equipment removal from Afghanistan, according to DoD Buzz.

McGarry reports the department is projected to spend $574 billion this year, $41 billion less than it originally planned because to sequestration.

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