DoD submits funding-related requests for FY 2013 and 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense recently submitted two funding-related requests to Congress, including a $9.6 billion reprogramming request for fiscal year 2013, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said officials are seeking both the reprogramming request and a request for $79.4 billion in overseas contingency operations funding for FY 2014. Little said the reprogramming actions for FY 2013 are not an attempt to offset sequestration effects.

The $9.6 billion request would attempt to fix large shortfalls in overseas contingency operations funding and higher than expected fuel bills.

"There are some wartime bills inside that reprogramming request," Little said. "The main goal we're trying to achieve is limit the impact of sequestration on military readiness, particularly operations, training and maintenance accounts."

Little said the department is doing all it can to achieve $37 billion in additional cuts by the end of September.

The reprogrammed money comes from multiple investment accounts and military personnel accounts. The DoD said it would like to see Congress act on the reprogramming request within the next three weeks.

FY 2013's overseas contingency operations funding was $86.5 billion. The FY 2014 request of $79.4 billion reflects a decrease in Afghanistan troops from 68,000 to 34,000 and a decrease in the amount needed.

Little said funding for troops would continue and training the Afghan army and police force remains a priority.

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