Reston, VA. – August 26, 2004 – Bioterrorism; air, marine and land security; and Coast Guard’s modernization saw the biggest boost in funding for Fiscal Year 2005 in the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report released today by INPUT, the leading provider of government market intelligence.
The August INPUT/Output report states that the proposed FY2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill will allocate approximately $33 billion to the Department of Homeland Security, $2.8 billion (9.4%) increase over the Fiscal Year 2004 enacted level.
The INPUT report states that the largest funding increase will take place in the United States Coast Guard with $705 million over FY2004, with a total budget of $7.5 billion. The Deepwater Program, Coast Guard’s modernization program, has been funded for $776 million, a $112 million increase over FY2004. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is projected to have a total budget of $5.2 billion, an increase of $649 million over FY2004. The programs within TSA that have significant increases are Airport Information Technology, budgeted at $292.9 million, a $154 million increase and Checkpoint Support, budgeted at $161.1 million, a $99 million increase.
According to the INPUT/Output report, biological countermeasures will have the greatest increase, $149 million over FY2004 with a total budget for FY2005 of $346.3 million, from the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The S&T Directorate has proposed FY2005 funding of $1.1 billion, $157 million over FY2004.
The INPUT/Output report discusses the budget and grant opportunities within the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness with the Department of Homeland Security. As of March 26, 2004, this office has all grant making authority across the Department reporting directly to the Secretary. The report indicates that the Senate Appropriations committee has recommended $3.75 billion be set aside in grants assistance to our nation’s first responders for FY2005, a $250 million decrease from the set asides in FY2004. The Urban Area Security Initiative is expected to receive a $480 million increase in funding in FY05. The INPUT report highlights these programs and budgeted amounts.
“In order for the Department of Homeland Security to continue to function effectively under increasing labor costs, a heavier reliance on technology is required,” said Kim Hovda, manager, grant products, INPUT. “The technologies necessary for the future will be the technologies that replace human effort with automated effort. The Department is taking steps toward this through research efforts being led by the Science and Technology Directorate and the Transportation Security Administration.”
Download INPUT’s Homeland Security FY2005 Budget analysis report.
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