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February 1, 2010

Budget Day – Part 2 Homeland Security Winners and Not-So-Winners

Filed under: Budgets and Spending — by Jessica Herrera-Flanigan on February 1, 2010

As noted in my earlier post,  the Department of Homeland Security would receive $56.3 billion, a two percent increase over its FY2010 enacted budget, under the President’s Budget released today.  Of this, $43.6 billion is discretionary, a 3% increase over FY2010.

So who are the winners and losers under the budget?


  • The Analysis and Operations (Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning) would get a 4% increase to $347,930,000.
  • The Office of the Inspector General would get a %14 increase to $129,806,000.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would get a 2% increase to $5,835,187,000.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would get a 7% increase to $8,164,780,000.
  • The U.S. Secret Service would get a 6% increase to $1,811,617,000.
  • The Office of Health Affairs would get a 53% increase to $212,734,000.
  • FEMA would get a 5% increase to $6,527,406,000.
  • The Science & Technology Directorate would get a 1% increase to 1,018,264,000.


  • Customs and Border Protection would get a -2% decrease to $11,180,018,000.
  • The National Protection & Programs Directorate would get a -3% decrease to $2,361,715,000.
  • FEMA: Grant Programs would get a -4% decrease to $4,000,590,000.
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would get a -2% decrease to $2,812,357,000.
  • >Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) would get a -2% decrease to $278,375,000.
  • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office would get a 20% decrease to $305,820,000.

A few items of note that surely will gain the attention of Congress:

  • Secure Freight Initiative/Container Security Initiative downsizing.  CBP is requesting that the SFI Program be reduced by $16.6 million and that three of its five existing SFI ports (Honduras, Southampton, and Korea) revert to Container Security Initiative program, for which CBP requested a reduction of $50.7 million.  What does this mean?  A focus of remote targeting and examinations, as opposed to 100% scanning of all cargo.  With the Safe Ports Act up for reauthorization this year and focus on DHS implementation of  the port-related provisions in the 9/11 Act,  it is worth watching how Congress reacts to these reductions.
  • The Secure Border Initiative – $574 million, down 20% or $158 million, from FY2010.  How does this affect border security efforts and how will Congress respond?
  • Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines –  $214.7 million increase to procure and install AIT machines at airport checkpoints to detect dangerous materials, including non-metallic materials.  Expect this effort to be well-publicized and lots of review in light of the December 25th attempted bombing.
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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2010 @ 12:49 am

Thanks Jessica. Very helpful.

Comment by Charels H Viator Jr

February 2, 2010 @ 9:20 am

Extremely insightful and helpful – thank you!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 3, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

Unite States Coast Guard took a significant decrease and even if restored shows critical gap in Administration’s understand of the multiple missions and responsibilites of the US Coast Guard. This probably will be repaired in the Congress but still hard to understand unless the Administration is counting on Congress to restore needed funding.

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