The seven members of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee are asking Senate appropriators to provide defense officials more leeway in spending the department’s fiscal 2018 budget allocation, with the department likely to have less than six months to use the extra funds afforded by last month’s bipartisan budget agreement. The lawmakers propose waiving the one-year limitation on spending operation and maintenance funds and the “80/20 rule,” which restricts officials from obligating more than 20 percent of one-year appropriations during the last two months of the fiscal year, reports Defense News. “Either of these two exceptions will ensure that service secretaries will have the flexibility to obligate funds in an efficient manner to restore readiness and execute the National Security and Defense Strategy,” according to the readiness panel’s March 5 letter. The request echoes a similar proposal House appropriators are considering.
Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Joshua Kleinholz