Navy-Congressional interactions and the response to mission budgeting
Henning, Peter John
Laurance, Edward J.
Judson, Robert R.
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This thesis investigates the extent and nature of Navy-Congressional interactions, using a comparison of Congressional expectations to what actually occurs as a means to determine a level of effectiveness for the organization discussed. Data was gathered by use of interviews with Congressional staff and executive department personnel. Among the conclusions reached is that the Navy organization designed to interact with Congress is effective in assessing and meeting Congressional expectations subject to certain external constraints. Factors seen as contributing to this overalI effectiveness are the caliber of people staffing the organization investigated, and environmental considerations such as mounting Congressional concern over the trend in Soviet shipbuiIding vis-a-vis that of the United States. With regard to Mission budgeting it was found that Congressional expectations in terms of format and content could be assumed identical to those of a smalI group centered on Senator Chiles. The overalI level of Congressional interest in the requirement itself however, does not match that of this smalI group, as the Congress has historically relied upon a Iine-item, rather than a programmatic approach to budgeting.
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