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February 13, 2012

First blush look at the DHS budget

Filed under: Budgets and Spending,DHS News — by Philip J. Palin on February 13, 2012

An online version of the full 200 plus page President’s budget proposal is available from the White House.  The Department of Homeland Security budget proposal starts on page 117.   The total DHS budget amount is nearly the same as last year.  There are, however, some important internal shifts.

Homeland Security Funding Highlights per White House and OMB (direct quote from budget proposal):

Provides $39.5 billion,a decrease of 0.5 percent or $191 million,below the 2012 enacted level.The Budget continues strong investments in core homeland security functions such as the prevention of terrorist attacks,border security,aviation security, disaster preparedness, and cybersecurity.

Savings are created through cuts in administrative costs and the elimination of duplicative programs.The Budget also supports disaster relief through a cap adjustment, consistent with the Budget Control Act.

Makes $853 million in cuts to administrative categories including travel, overtime,and fleet management,and eliminates duplicative and low-priority programs.

Maintains frontline homeland security operations, supporting 21,186 Customs and Border Protection officers and 21,370 Border Patrol agents to facilitate legitimate travel and the movement of goods while strengthening border security.

Supports the recovery of States and communities that have been devastated by disasters and emergencies with $6.1 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which includes $5.5 billion in disaster relief cap adjustments pursuant to the designation established in the Budget Control Act.

Strengthens Government cybersecurity by providing $769 million to improve security of Federal civilian information technology networks while enhancing outreach to State and local governments and critical infrastructure sectors.

Promotes innovation and economic growth by providing $650 million to fund important research and development advances in cybersecurity, explosives detection, and chemical/biological response systems.

Eliminates duplicative, stand-alone FEMA grant programs, consolidating them into a new National Preparedness Grant Program to better develop, sustain,and leverage core capabilities across the country while supporting national preparedness and response.

Aligns resources with risk in immigration detention by focusing on criminal aliens, repeat immigration law violators, recent border entrants, immigration fugitives,and other priorities,and expanding resources for electronic monitoring and intensive supervision.

Initiates acquisition of a new polar ice breaker and continues recapitalization of Coast Guard assets, including $658 million to construct the sixth National Security Cutter.

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Earlier today, practically simultaneous with the release of the President’s budget,  DHS distributed to many previous grant recipients guidance that will administratively advance the consolidation of FEMA grants referenced above.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

February 13, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

Hopefully not DOA!

Comment by Alan Wolfe

February 14, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

Interestingly, no appreciable increases for Office of Health Affairs, for DHS S&T, or for DNDO. Which means something… all that rhetoric about being concerned about WMDs being used within the US borders hasn’t translated into sustainable programs for BioWatch, chemical threats, or rad/nuke threats by plane and train. Not that this is a bad thing. I’d love to see DNDO and OHA go away, give CDC the biosurveillance center, and tell DHS S&T to focus on HYE. But that won’t happen, bureaucracies being what they are. So we’ll continue to pretend that we have a federal program for responding to CBRNE threats, and the cities will continue to wonder where all the federal money goes that isn’t going to their urban grants.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 14, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

HYE means what?

Comment by Alan Wolfe

February 15, 2012 @ 8:22 am

Sorry, too many acronyms. I’m afflicted with Beltway disease. HYE = High Yield Explosives.

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