DHS makes $39.5 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has unveiled the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget request of $39.5 billion in net discretionary funding. An additional $5.5 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) is provided separately, pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). Recognizing the current fiscal environment, the Department’s net discretionary amount is 0.5 percent below the FY 2012 enacted level.
The FY 2013 budget request redirects over $850 million in base resources from administrative and mission support areas, including contracts, personnel (through attrition), information technology, travel, personnel moves, overtime, directed purchasing, professional services, and vehicle management to frontline operations. Through the Department-wide Efficiency Review, which began in 2009, as well as other cost-saving initiatives, DHS has identified over $3 billion in cost avoidances and reductions, and redeployed those funds to mission-critical initiatives across the Department.
Guarding against terrorism was the founding mission of DHS and remains the Department’s top priority. The FY 2013 budget safeguards the nation’s transportation systems through a layered detection system focusing on risk-based screening, enhanced targeting and information sharing efforts to interdict threats and dangerous people at the earliest point possible. The budget supports the administration’s Global Supply Chain Security Strategy across air, land, and sea modes of transportation by strengthening efforts to prescreen and evaluate high-risk containers before they are shipped to the US and annualizing positions that provide the capacity to address security vulnerabilities overseas. Funding is included for Securing the Cities to protect the highest risk cities from radiological or nuclear attack and national bio preparedness and response efforts. The budget also continues strong support for State and local partners through a new consolidated grant program, training, fusion centers, and intelligence analysis and information sharing on a wide range of critical homeland security issues.
Ensuring resilience to disasters
•Date: 14th February 2012 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Terrorism