A Farewell to OCO

Rolling Analysis, FY22 President's Skinny BudgetA Farewell to OCONa na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!

National Security,  | Analysis
Apr 9, 2021  | 1 min read | Print Article

The NCAA tournament may be over, but we can still hear the winning fans (that were there) singing…So we’re doing the same today to OCO.

Long time readers of TCS commentary know we’ve been railing against the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account for years. It’s a slush fund, let’s be clear. It helped the Pentagon dodge the usual levels of Congressional accountability and oversight and cleared the way for programs of lesser quality and reliability to be funded.

Well, not anymore!

As the House Appropriations Committee wrote in a Committee report last year, “The OCO experiment has been an abject failure and has given the Department a budgetary relief valve that has allowed it to avoid making difficult decisions.”

We wholeheartedly agree.

And it looks like the Biden Administration does too, “The discretionary request also discontinues requests for Overseas Contingency Operations as a separate funding category, instead funding direct war costs and enduring operations in the DOD base budget, a significant budgetary reform.”

Na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!

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