Near the end of the 113th Congress, Members examined foreign affairs funding designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for possible use as Ebola emergency funding, to combat the Islamic State (IS), and other budgetary reasons. Funds that are designated as emergency or OCO are effectively exempt from the spending limits established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112- 25, BCA). Some Members have suggested that this exemption provides agencies with additional budget cushioning and flexibility, allowing their overall funding to exceed the spending caps. Within the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Div. J, Title VIII of P.L. 113- 235), Congress appropriated $9.26 billion for State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs OCO funds, or 18% of the total foreign affairs funding that year. It also continued multiyear spending and broad transfer authorities, making OCO use somewhat flexible. The amended FY2015 OCO request of $7.8 billion represented about 15% of the total foreign affairs request for that year.
Date of Report: March 3, 2015
Order Number: IF10143
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