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OMB’s Shaun Donovan: House Subcommittee’s Defense Spending Plan Won’t Address Sequestration

Shaun Donovan
Shaun Donovan

Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has raised his concerns about a $578.6 billion Pentagon spending bill ahead of a full House Appropriations Committee markup Tuesday, Defense News reported Monday.

Donovan told committee leaders in a letter that the bill retains sequestration cuts and does not offer enough funds for the Defense Department‘s key military programs, according to the report by Joe Gould and John Bennett.

“The legislation also includes highly problematic riders and provisions that would preclude needed reforms” Donovan added.

The panel’s defense subcommittee proposed increasing DoD spending in fiscal 2016 by $24.4 billion over the current funding level and put $88.4 billion into the overseas contingency operations account.

Donovan also claimed the blueprint employs a funding strategy to use OCO money for routine military operations, the report said.

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