DHS Releases Fact Sheet on 2007 Budget Request

Department seeks increase of 6 percent in budget, a focus on emergency preparedness and disaster planning

  • An enhancement of $5 million will fund Procurement Staff Increases for FEMA in support of the department’s initiative to strengthen procurement capability. Additional staffing will enhance FEMA's ability to effectively deliver disaster response and recovery services by efficiently and properly processing procurement requests during routine and extraordinary operating periods.

  • An increase of $5 million will fund FEMA’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) upgrade. The EAS provides a convenient and reliable means of emergency communications when other national communications resources have been damaged or compromised. This funding will be used to improve system coverage, reliability, survivability, and security by providing a two-way, national-level EAS satellite capability to link federal, state, and U.S. Territory Emergency Operations Centers.

  • An increase of $3 million for the Office of the Chief Medical Officer is requested to bring cutting-edge science, technology, and intelligence to the department’s policy-making process. Resources will be used to develop policy-driven initiatives to ensure that the nation’s critical infrastructure is medically prepared for catastrophic events.

  • An increase of $10 million to establish the Chemical Security Office, which will conduct outreach with the chemical industry on potential or enacted regulations, rulemakings, and related items, as well as review and verification of initial facility consequence screening and vulnerability assessments.

Strengthen border security and interior enforcement, and reform immigration processes.

  • A request for $458.9 million providing an increase of 1,500 new Border Patrol Agents, bringing the total number of agents added to 3,000 since 2005. This represents a 42 percent increase in the Border Patrol Agent workforce since 9/11.

  • A request for $100 million for Border Technology that will enhance electronic surveillance and operational response capability. This funding will provide significant procurement investments needed to begin an aggressive deployment plan that began in the previous fiscal year.

  • A request for $30 million to complete construction of the San Diego Border Infrastructure System project that includes multiple fences and patrol roads to enable quick enforcement response.

  • A request for $410.2 million for an additional 6,700 Detention Bed Spaces. A key element of SBI is eliminating “catch and release” with a “catch and return” policy, which requires increased bed space. New bed space will also be used to return criminal aliens upon release from state and local prisons, and to target the population of alien absconders defying orders of removal. This bed space request will support the detention and removal of an additional 100,000 apprehended aliens each year.

  • A request for $41.7 million for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to strengthen Worksite Enforcement. A more robust worksite enforcement program will send a strong deterrence message to employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, reduce economic incentive for illegal immigration, and help restore the integrity of employment laws.

  • A request for $60 million to increase ICE Fugitive Operations teams by 18, reaching a total of 70 teams nationwide dedicated to catching the estimated 450,000 absconders nationwide.

  • An increase of $62.9 million for total funding of $399.5 million is requested for US-VISIT. This increase will enhance access for border personnel to immigration, criminal, and terrorist information. Included in the US-VISIT initiative is $60 million in new resources to increase identification interoperability. The initiative will provide the most complete information to decision-makers regarding eligibility, admissibility and investigative follow-up for fingerprint matches that do not occur in real-time.

  • The budget requests $139 million for the Container Security Initiative (CSI) to pre-screen inbound cargo at more than 40 foreign ports and $55 million for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) to review and enhance the security of partner organizations throughout the cargo supply-chain. CSI and C-TPAT are critical in the prevention and deterrence of weapons of mass destruction and other dangerous or illegal materials.