DHS Releases Fact Sheet on 2007 Budget Request

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

  • The request includes $135 million to expand the current Employment Verification pilot program to support a national electronic employment authorization verification system requirement. The current basic pilot program is a voluntary electronic authorization program enabling an employer to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.

  • The request includes a total of $112 million in fee and discretionary resources within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accelerate a comprehensive business transformation that will reform existing business processes, including the modernization of critically needed information technology and actions to sustain improvements achieved in reducing the immigration processing backlog.

Enhance maritime and transportation security, with more efficient and secure systems.

  • A total of $4.7 billion is requested to support aviation security efforts. Of this amount, $692 million will support the deployment and maintenance of Explosive Detection and Electronic Trace Detection Systems, which provide a higher probability to detect a wide range of explosives.

  • A request for $30.3 million to fund the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography Systems (CAARS) development initiative. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office will execute a program developing advanced active-imaging radiography systems for cargo inspection at the nation’s ports of entry. The CAARS program will significantly improve imaging systems designed to identify concealed nuclear materials. It will eliminate the need for operator interpretation of radiographic images, and reduce overall inspection time of five minutes to approximately thirty seconds.

  • Funding of $157 million for the Radiation Portal Monitor Acquisition initiative will secure next-generation passive detection portals for deployment at ports-of-entry to expose nuclear explosive devices, fissile material, or radiological material concealed in cargo or conveyances. Consistent with the global nuclear detection architecture, the deployment strategy will be mutually developed by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

  • A total request of $934.4 million for the Coast Guard’s Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) is $10.7 million above previous fiscal year funding. This request will continue to support the following IDS acquisitions: the fourth national security cutter replacement, the High Endurance Cutter; the first Fast Response Cutter patrol boat replacement; additional Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA); and the establishment of a second MPA-equipped air station. It will also complete the re-engineering of the HH-65 helicopter and significantly enhance legacy fixed and rotary wing aircraft capabilities. IDS Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance upgrades to the USCG cutters, boats and aircraft will enhance maritime domain awareness and are critical to the achievement of an integrated, interoperable border and port security system.

Enhance information sharing with our partners.  

  • An increase of $36.3 million for information security and infrastructure to support the IT Infrastructure Transformation Program (ITP). ITP integrates the IT infrastructures of the 22 components of the department into “One Infrastructure,” which includes the creation of one secure network; the establishment of common and reliable e-mail communication; the restructuring of helpdesks and related services; the reduction in number and transformation of data centers; the standardization and modernization of the desktop workstation and site services environment; and voice, video and wireless infrastructure modernization.