COI Resources Topic: Overseeing Spending
The history of Congressional oversight of the military is rich and complex, and offers many lessons for Congress today. This essay explains what it takes to oversee the Pentagon.
A basic breakdown of total national security spending. It includes the DoD budget plus OCO, DHS, VA, International Affairs, retirement costs, and the share of the national debt.
These slides show how different ways of measuring the defense budget and how they can be used to mislead viewers. Slide 6 best depicts the DoD Budget over the past 70 years, and slide 9 shows that total national security spending is actually almost twice the DoD budget.
Pentagon oversight often begins with understanding military spending, and that can mean sifting your way through thousands of pages of budget documents. Here’s a helpful guide to reading, calculating, and utilizing defense budgets.
Peter Tyler, Senior Professional Staffer on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, gives tips and best practices about finding waste in the federal budget. (Running time: 19:19)
Patrick Bailey, Chief Counsel for Governmental Affairs on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, gives tips and best practices about finding waste in the federal budget. (Running time: 10:53)