The DHS needs an increase in funds to do what it's doing. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security released a lengthy fact sheet (reprinted below) about it's financial needs for fiscal year 2007. The budget request reflects a 6 percent increase in funding, with a strong focus on emergency preparedness -- an area the department has been much criticized for following Hurricane Katrina.
Besides major increases for emergency preparedness and recovery capabilities, there's also an increase of $60.5 million for the Coast Guard's air defense program, a $17.7 million increase for tracing history of radiological materials, a $10 million funding increase for the chemical security program, $30 million for a border system near San Diego, $400 million for the biomietrics-enabled US-VISIT program, plus much more.
Take a look at the following DHS fact sheet to see where other funding increases will be directed:
Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request
President Bushâ€™s fiscal year 2007 budget request for the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security represents $42.7 billion in funding, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. The request reflects recent organizational reforms and program changes to ensure that the departmentâ€™s policies, operations, and structures remain mission-focused and well-aligned to meet evolving threats.
The proposed budget request supports Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoffâ€™s agenda for a department that is organized around mission, eliminates duplication, and disciplined in risk management. Central to the departmentâ€™s budget are five themes: Â increasing overall preparedness, and strengthening the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); strengthening border security and reforming immigration; enhancing transportation security through more efficient and secure system controls; improving information sharing; and strengthening the departmentâ€™s organization in order to maximize performance.
Increase overall preparedness, particularly for catastrophic events, and strengthen FEMA.
- An increase of $50 million for the National Preparedness Integration Program provides funding to execute medical preparedness coordination, catastrophic planning, emergency communications improvements, and command and control alignment.
- An increase of $294.6 million for the Targeted Capability Grants Program for a total of $1.4 billion to further the departmentâ€™s national preparedness goals. The department will work with federal, state, local, and tribal entities, private sector and non-governmental partners, and the public, to strengthen prevention, response and recovery preparedness capabilities to minimize impact on lives, property and the economy.
- An increase of $60.5 million in funding is requested for the U.S. Coast Guard to manage the National Capital Region Air Defense program. This funding will provide air intercept response to potential threats in the National Capital Region airspace, helping to protect the District of Columbia.
- A total of $17.7 million in funding will support the Radiological and Nuclear Attribution and Forensics initiative. The request will enable the department to combine information on potential capabilities of terrorist organizations and develop and deploy threat agents with laboratory-based forensics techniques that determine the source of nuclear and radiological materials or devices.
- An increase of $29 million in funding will support FEMAâ€™s initiative to Strengthen Operational Capability and reinforce essential support functions within its Readiness, Mitigation, Response, Recovery, and National Security programs. The increase will upgrade capital infrastructure and information technology support services.