Budget Exhibit's are prepared by the DoD Components to support requests for appropriations from Congress and help justify the President’s Budget. Appropriation decisions are based on content of budget exhibits:
- How well do the exhibits tell your program's story?
- Confusing, inaccurate, and/or inconsistent exhibits will cause programs to lose funding.
- Well-prepared exhibits make the program more defensible against cuts.
Budget Exhibit's supporting requests for an appropriation are called:
- P-Form: Procurement
- R-Form: Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E)
- O-Form: Operations and Maintenance
- M-Form: Military Personnel
- C-Form: Military Construction
Procurement and RDT&E budget exhibits are among the most important documents prepared in support of acquisition programs because they essentially "tell the story" of the programs to the DoD Components, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and members of Congress and their staffs. If this story is incomplete, inaccurate, confusing, or inconsistent, an acquisition program may have its structure and/or budget significantly altered by any of these decision-makers.
- They are also called Doc’s instead of Forms
AcqLinks and References:
- DoD Army PPBE Executive Overview
- DAU Lesson "Introduction to Budget Exhibits"
- DAU Lesson "RDT&E Budget Exhibits"