Fund Arms Control
SOME of the federal government's smallest agencies do some of its most important work.
One of them is the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), a tiny, 250-person department that conducts negotiations to limit and reduce nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and verifies compliance with arms-control treaties.
ACDA has been whipsawed in the budget debate: First it got caught in Sen. Jesse Helms's misguided attempt to eliminate it and two other foreign-affairs agencies and hand their work over to the State Department. That effort was defeated in the Senate, which passed a State Department authorization bill that includes funding for the other agencies.
But the upper chamber and the House of Representatives have not yet reconciled conflicting versions of the bill. So ACDA got caught in a continuing resolution that provides it with only 70 percent of the funding it had last fiscal year, and only 47 percent of the funding the administration asked for this year.
The resolution expires March 15, and ACDA needs an additional $8.7 million - for a final budget of $44.4 million - to do its job. ACDA Director John Holum has taken extreme measures to make sure his agency stays within the continuing-resolution funding.
He has slapped on a hiring freeze, halted use of …
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Publication information: Article title: Fund Arms Control. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: March 5, 1996. Page number: 20. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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