Navy Secretary Ray Mabus outlined a range of cost cutting measures, including unspecified cuts in the service’s $1 billion fiscal 2013 IT budget, to conserve funds as the Obama administration and Congress dilly-dally over current budgets and long term fiscal plans.
Mabus, in an all hands message last Friday, said the service faces an “immediate fiscal challenge” due to the lack of a fiscal 2013 appropriations bill, which leaves the Navy operating under a continuing resolution. The stopgap spending bill “locks us into lower fiscal 2012 levels for our operations and maintenance accounts, despite increasing responsibilities, which demand increased resources,” he said.
Faced with a budget crunch, Mabus said, “We must enact prudent, but stringent belt-tightening measures now that will permit us to operate the Navy and Marine Corps through the rest of the year if the CR is extended.”
These measures include:
- Terminating temporary employees, except those engaged in mission critical work;
- Freezing civilian hiring;
- Curtailing administrative contracting support services;
- Cutting back on spending facilities support and modernization;
- Reducing travel;
- Delaying all ship decommissioning and layups.