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May 7, 2009

Homeland security: follow the money

Filed under: Budgets and Spending — by Philip J. Palin on May 7, 2009

UPDATE: The DHS “Budget-in-Brief” is available from the DHS website (large pdf).

SECOND UPDATE: Congress Daily writes, “Homeland security would get boost under Obama budget.”

THIRD UPDATE: Washington Post writes, “The Department of Homeland Security’s $43 billion budget would increase spending on border and transportation security but slashes funding for a domestic network of sensors to detect a nuclear bomb or radioactive materials.”  The Trucker tells, “The Department of Homeland Security’s Trucking Security Program would be eliminated under President Barack Obama’s FY 2010 budget proposal made public today. The Obama budget proposes to cut the TSP “as it does not allocate awards based on risk assessment.”

FOURTH UPDATE: DHS program cuts and “pauses” noted in 6:00 pm story from the Washingon Post.  While the Wall Street Journal identifies contractors who may benefit from proposed TSA budget increase.


Original post at 11:54 am (eastern):

A detailed administration proposal for the DHS budget should be available later today.  A preview copy provided to Homeland Security Watch includes the following elements cherry-picked from the budget document.

The total FY 2010 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security is $55.1 billion in funding; a 4.9 percent increase over the FY 2009 enacted level excluding supplemental funding. The Department’s FY 2010 gross discretionary budget request is $45.7 billion, an increase of 5.9 percent over the FY 2009 enacted level excluding emergency funding. The Department’s FY 2010 net discretionary budget request is $42.7 billion.

State and Local Fusion Centers: Full support and staffing are requested for the 70 identified State and Local Fusion Centers, facilities where information and intelligence is shared between federal, state, local and tribal authorities. Funding is dedicated to IT maintenance, support, and training.

Cybersecurity for the Federal Government: A $75.1 million increase is requested to enable DHS to develop and deploy cybersecurity technologies to counter on-going, real world national cyber threats and apply effective analysis and risk mitigation strategies to detect and deter threats.

Cybersecurity Research: Total funding of $37.2 million, an increase of $6.6 million, is requested to support Science and Technology in addressing critical capability gaps identified in the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). Specifically, this effort will develop technologies to secure the nation’s critical information infrastructure and networks.

Vetting Infrastructure Modernization: An increase of $64 million is requested to modernize vetting infrastructure data management, adjudication workflow, and integration of all vetting systems in the third and final phase of the Vetting Infrastructure Improvement Plan. Modernization will enable a universal fee mechanism that will reduce duplicative background checks and fees for transportation workers, and provide the capability to process new populations using existing enrollment and vetting infrastructure, while continuing to ensure privacy and security.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM): A $60 million increase is requested for Pre-Disaster Mitigation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funding will assist in the implementation of pre-disaster hazard mitigation measures that are cost-effective and are designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction of property, including damage to critical services and facilities.

Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants: Total funding of $420 million is requested to double the funds devoted to SAFER grants administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which help fire departments increase the number of frontline firefighters. Funding will enable fire departments to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities, ensuring around the clock protection.

There is much more — and much more worth analysis — but this is the best I can do until very late this afternoon or tonight. As readers see more in the media (there’s a 1:00 pm eastern DHS media briefing), please use the comment function to keep us all informed.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 7, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

Last few Executive Branch budget submissions have been DOA so will be interesting to see how the DEMOCRATIC controlled House and Senate handle this one. DHS has better hope it is given same priority for passage as last few years because one of the very few objective facts that allowed some semblance of coherence in DHS programs, functions, and activities. The Budget in Brief document has a handy little box next to components indicating current staffing and budgeting. Of doubtful accuracy however since it shows FEMA with 6700 employees. That must not be FTE permanent positions but must include its entire disaster cadre which to my knowledge has never been activated at one time. Still the budget process is one of the great engines of our democracy (republic).

Comment by Arnold

May 7, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

I say this as someone who strongly believes in the threat of nuclear terrorism, this is a good thing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/07/AR2009050703518.html?hpid=topnews

DNDO had good strategic priorities, but seemed willing to make the case against securing materials at the source as too hard and pushed this last line of defense as an alternative.

Defense in depth is a good thing, and detectors should play a role, but the best returns still remain securing fissile material wherever it is located.

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