As in 2013, Congress is not expected to pass a defense budget by the end of the government fiscal year on September 30, but instead enact a temporary continuing resolution (“CR”) to fund the entire government at spending levels comparable to the previous fiscal year. In response, Pentagon officials are asking for flexibility in meeting Congress’ spending cap, which the Pentagon’s 2014 budget proposal currently exceeds by $52 billion. Rather than focusing on eliminating certain programs, officials are hoping to reduce investment and increase efficiency in certain programs. Typically under a CR, starting new programs and adjusting program investment levels are prohibited.
Last year, the Pentagon furloughed most civilian employees, decreased training, and delayed deployments to meet spending caps. For 2014, a similar reduction in civilian work force will likely be a component in meeting spending caps. While the need for reduction is uncertain until the enactment of the CR, officials are hopeful they will not have to resort to furloughs again in the coming fiscal year.
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