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Friday, October 19, 2012

Department of Homeland Security: FY2013 Appropriations

William L. Painter, Coordinator
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

This report describes the FY2013 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Administration requested $39.510 billion in adjusted net discretionary budget authority for DHS for FY2013, as part of an overall budget of $59.501 billion (including fees, trust funds, and other funding that is not appropriated or does not score against the budget caps). The request amounts to a $90 million, or a 0.2%, decrease from the $39.600 billion enacted for FY2012 through the consolidated appropriations act (P.L. 112-174).

Net requested appropriations for major agencies within DHS were as follows: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), $10,345 million; Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), $5,332 million; Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $5,130 million; Coast Guard, $8,352 million; Secret Service, $1,601 million; National Protection and Programs Directorate, $1,217 million; Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), $4,528 million; Science and Technology, $831 million; and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, $328 million. Included as part of the President’s overall budget request was a 0.5% pay raise for civilian federal employees.

The Administration also requested an additional $5.481 billion for FEMA in disaster relief funding as defined by the Budget Control Act, down $919 million (16.8%) from the amount provided in the FY2012 disaster relief supplemental appropriations act (P.L. 112-177).

H.R. 5855, the House-passed DHS appropriations bill, would provide $39.114 billion in adjusted net discretionary budget authority, while S. 3216, its Senate-reported counterpart, would provide $39.514 billion. While the Senate-reported bill funds the proposed pay raise for civilian federal employees, the House-passed bill does not. Both bills would provide the $5.481 billion in disaster relief requested by the Administration.

The 12 regular appropriations bills for FY2013 were not enacted before the start of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress passed and the President signed a continuing resolution (CR), H.J.Res. 117, into law as P.L. 112-175 on September 28, 2012. This public law allows for the federal government to continue operations in the absence of regular appropriations. Funding is provided through March 27, 2013, at an annualized rate of $1.047 billion.

As is often the case with continuing resolutions, P.L. 112-175 provides more limited direction than is given through a traditional bill and conference report as to how funds should be divided among individual programs, projects, and activities. The CR does, however, require the department to provide an expenditure plan within 30 days of passage to outline how DHS chooses to allocate those funds. Under the provisions of P.L. 112-175, most federal government activities would be funded over the course of the CR at the FY2012 rate, plus 0.612%. One significant difference from this baseline for DHS is a funding increase for its cybersecurity programs.

Date of Report: October 1, 2012
Number of Pages: 100
Order Number: R42644
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