The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate
is positioned to receive a major increase in its FY 2006 funding. The
House-approved version of H.R. 2360 provides for an increase of 20.2%.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has completed its work on this bill
which would increase the Directorate's funding by 31.1%.
The Senate committee's bill was sent to the Senate floor on June 16,
but has not been voted on yet. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) chairs the
Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee; Robert Byrd (D-WV) is
the Ranking Democratic Member.
Here are the numbers:
The current budget is $1,046.9 million.
The Bush Administration requested $1,287.5 million, an increase of
23.0% or $240.6 million.
The House bill would provide $1,258.6 million, an increase of 20.2%
or $211.7 million.
The Senate bill would provide $1,372.4 million, an increase of 31.1%
or $325.5 million.
Senate Appropriations Committee Report 109-083 contains extensive language
and budget recommendations regarding 18 different activities, and can
be accessed at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app06.html
(note that "Science and Technology" can be found almost at
the end of the table of contents.) Among the programs described is "University
Programs/Homeland Security Fellow Programs." Current funding for
this program is $70.0 million. The Administration requested $63.6 million,
which both the House and Senate bills would provide, a reduction of
9.1% or $6.4 million. The Senate report language is as follows:
"University Programs/Homeland Security Fellowship Programs-
The Committee provides $63,600,000, as requested in the budget, to
fund existing and future Homeland Security Centers of excellence and
to continue the university fellows program. The Committee encourages
the Department to consider all colleges and universities that meet
the requirements of 6 U.S.C. 188 in the selection of university-based
centers, including historically black colleges and universities, tribal
colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, Native Hawaiian-serving institutions,
and Alaskan Native-serving institutions."