Congress is already hammering away at a fiscal year 2017 budget. The Armed Services Committees and the Senate Appropriations Committees looked at pieces of the Defense Department budget at hearings last week. The House Appropriations Committee has a hearing lined up for this week. The fiscal 2017 budget is the last one the Obama administration will submit to Congress; and the next administration will find some challenges. Robert Hale was Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) – the Chief Financial Officer at the Pentagon – from 2009 to 2014. He’s now a Fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He discussed the long-term challenges financial managers will face at the Defense Department beyond this administration, and the factors that will help those leaders build stability for defense spending moving forward.
Photo: Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work announces details of the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal as Air For Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, looks on during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Feb. 9, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee