OCOTFOverseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund
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The reduction reflects Congress's belief that it should fund operations in such places as the Balkans and in Southwest Asia, previously funded through the OCOTF, through the services' O&M and military personnel appropriations.
The FY2004 Administration budget request for the OCOTF was $50 million.
Although contingency operations have often been funded through supplemental appropriations, the OCOTF was developed in the mid-1990s to enable DOD to handle unexpected contingency operations or ongoing operations that were not entirely predictable without dipping into training and maintenance funds if supplemental appropriations were delayed or if expenses occurred in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, as happened in the early 1990s.