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February 5, 2008

DHS FY09 Budget Request Reflects 7.6% Increase, Focus on Technology

Filed under: Budgets and Spending — by Jonah Czerwinski on February 5, 2008

President Bush’s FY 2009 federal budget is the largest in history at $3 trillion. The government-wide homeland security portion of that represents a 10.7% plus-up compared to 2008. Within DHS, spending will increase by 7.6 percent from FY08.

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Customs and Border Protection is the biggest slice with $9.5 billion in discretionary spending. The largest account by far is SBInet. With $775 million of the pie, SBInet is a technology investment intended to create a net-centric border security capability. Indeed, the budget request for SBInet only includes 15 full time staff equivalents. The second largest ticket for CBP actually is people. $442 million is requested for staffing up the army of Border Patrol agents.

The Coast Guard claims $7.8 billion in discretionary spending for FY09. About $1.1 billion of this is for fleet modernization under the Integrated Deepwater Systems program. $44 million is dedicated to Maritime Domain Awareness support through such programs as Nationwide Automatic Identification System, Maritime Awareness Global Network (MAGNet) 2.0, and Command 21.

With a budget request of just above $7 billion, TSA comes in at a hardy third. Another Administration document explains that almost $6 billion will go toward aviation security systems, but this also includes a four-year surcharge in the passenger security fee of $0.50 “per enplanement” with the potential to increase to $1.00 per one-way trip. The budget anticipates $426 million to be collected and deposited in an “Aviation Security Capital Fund.” As part of the remainder, Behavioral Detection Officers, the Aviation Direct Access Screening Program, and Visible Intermodal Protection and Response (VIPR) and Canine Explosive Detection (K-9) teams comprise $125 million in new dollars.

For more on the budget breakdown among DHS component agencies, see the Administration’s Budget in Brief, from which the table below is drawn.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 6, 2008 @ 2:08 am

FY2009 will be a very critical year for DHS funding. Essentially, the Congressional Republicans despite minority status will have enough clout to make this the last hurrah for DHS. The Republicans will have some slight ability to lock in Programs, functions, and activities. Then only events and election results in 2008 will determine whether DHS survives its first real oversight. So far it has gotten only the lightest touch from Congress despite its leadership claims that oversight and reporting to Congress has impacted performance. They ain’t seen nothing yet.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 6, 2008 @ 9:34 am

Note that Senator Conrad says this budget is dead on arrival. We shall see! Suspect this one will not be ignored. DEMS are still playing waiting game Congress hoping someone else will do the hard lifting. Republicans know it may be last hurrah for a long long time with minority status likely to rival their last long term position in that status. We probably are at mid-point in long term realignment that will be finally understood in the 2028 Presidential election (yes folks only five off after this November) and then the world, the US, and the climate may be very very different. And unfortunately, 30 ballistic missile nuclear capable nation states or other entities. Deterrance will really be an achievement in that event. Hey I will only be 86 and will vote early and often.

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February 6, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

[...] Homeland Security Watch: DHS FY09 Budget Request Reflects 7.6% Increase, Focus on Technology “President Bush’s FY 2009 federal budget is the largest in history at $3 trillion. The government-wide homeland security portion of that represents a 10.7% plus-up compared to 2008. Within DHS, spending will increase by 7.6 percent from FY08.” [...]

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