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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 014-99
January 27, 1999

Budget Press Conferences for FY 2000

The Department of Defense will conduct two news briefings on the FY 2000 DoD budget submission. Details of the Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, 1999 sessions follow:

Friday, Jan. 29, 1999: USE OF ALL MATERIALS AND COMMENTS WILL BE EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, Feb. 1, 1999 AT 8 A.M. (All times EST)

2 p.m.: Available budget materials will be handed out to the press in Room 2E781 of the Pentagon. In keeping with the spirit of the Defense Reform Initiative, a limited number of paper copies of the budget documents will be available to reporters only on Friday afternoon. On Monday, the official release day of the budget, copies will be available electronically at the following Internet site: http://www.dod.mil/comptroller/FY2000budget/.

3:30 p.m.: A Department of Defense official will conduct a background briefing on the overall budget package. Attribution will be to a senior DoD official upon lifting of the embargo. This briefing will be held in Room 2E781 of the Pentagon. No cameras will be allowed; tape recordings will be permitted for note taking purposes only.

4:30 p.m. approximately: Following the briefing, representatives of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Services, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization will answer questions in designated Pentagon locations as noted below. Upon lifting of the embargo, these officials will be attributable as "senior budget officials." No cameras. Tape recording for note taking only. SESSIONS ARE IN THE OSD CONFERENCE COMPLEX, RM 1E801:

DoD-wide questions: Room 5 of 1E801
Air Force questions: Room 1 of 1E801
Army questions: Room 7 of 1E801
Navy & USMC questions: Room 4 of 1E801
Ballistic Missile Defense Org: Room 6 of 1E801

Monday, Feb. 1, 1999:

8 a.m.: Embargo is lifted. All budget documents will be available electronically at www.dod.mil/comptroller/FY2000budget/.

10 a.m.: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will conduct an on-the-record press briefing in Room 2E781 of the Pentagon. Cameras and sound recordings are permitted.

On Jan. 29, journalists with White House, State Department or Capitol Hill credentials will be allowed access to the Pentagon via the Mall Entrance only. (This entrance is around the Pentagon Building from the Metro subway station.) Journalists without this identification, or a Pentagon building pass, must call 695-0192 or 697-5131 on the house phone for an escort from the Mall Entrance guard desk.

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