For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled its $56.3 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request today—prioritizing efforts to enhance security measures that protect against terrorism and other threats and reflecting the Department’s commitment to fiscal discipline and efficiency.
Preventing Terrorism and Enhancing Security
- Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT): An increase of $214.7M is requested to procure and install 500 advanced imaging technology machines at airport checkpoints to detect dangerous materials, including non-metallic materials. This request, along with planned deployments for 2010, will provide AIT coverage at 75 percent of Category X airports and 60 percent of the total lanes at Category X through II airports.
- Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to Staff AITs: An increase of $218.9M is requested for additional Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), managers and associated support costs to operate additional AITs at airport checkpoints. Passenger screening is critical to detecting and preventing individual carrying dangerous or deadly objects from boarding planes.
- Federal Air Marshals (FAMs): An increase of $85M is requested for additional FAMS to increase international flight coverage. FAMs help detect, deter and defeat terrorist and other criminal hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers and crew.
- Portable Explosive Trace Detection (ETD): An increase of $60M is requested to purchase approximately 800 portable ETD machines ($39M) and associated checkpoint consumables ($21M).
- Canine Teams: An increase of $71M is requested to fund an additional 275 proprietary explosives detection canine teams, 112 teams at 28 Category X airports and 163 teams at 56 Category I airports.
- Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs): An increase of $20M is requested to further enhance Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques program. The FY 2011 request includes a total of 3,350 officers to enhance coverage at lanes and shifts at high risk Category X and I airports and expand coverage to smaller airports.
- Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Systems Engineering and Architecture: An increase of $13.4M is requested to fund systems engineering efforts to address vulnerabilities in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture, the multi-layered system of detection technologies, programs and guidelines designed to enhance the Nation’s ability to detect and prevent a radiological or nuclear attack.
- Radiological/Nuclear Detection Systems: An increase of $41M is requested for the procurement and deployment of radiological and nuclear detection systems and equipment to support efforts across the Department.
- Law Enforcement Detachment Teams: An increase of $3.6M is requested to bring deployable U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) teams to full capacity. LEDETs help prevent terrorism, secure U.S. borders, disrupt criminal organizations and support counter drug missions overseas. In FY 2009, for example, LEDETs aboard U.S naval and partner nation assets accounted for more than 50 percent of total maritime cocaine removals.
- 2012 Presidential Campaign: Total funding of $14M is requested for startup costs associated with the 2012 Presidential Campaign including training for candidate/nominee protective detail personnel. The Secret Service will also begin to procure and pre-position equipment, services and supplies to support candidate/nominee protective operations throughout the country.
- Secret Service Information Technology: Total funding of $36M is requested for the Information Integration and Transformation program. This funding will allow the Secret Service to successfully continue its comprehensive Information Technology (IT) transformation and provide a multi-year, mission-integrated program to engineer a modernized, agile and strengthened IT infrastructure to support all aspects of the Secret Service’s mission.
Securing and Managing Our Borders
- Journeyman Pay Increase: In the spring of 2010, DHS will implement the journeymen pay increase, raising the journeyman grade level for frontline Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers, Border Patrol Agents and Agricultural Specialists from GS-11 level to the GS-12 level. An adjustment to base of $310.4M will fund the full-year impact of the salary and benefit requirements associated with this implementation.
- CBP Officers: An increase of $44.8M is requested to fund 318 CBP Officers FTEs within the Office of Field Operations and 71 support FTEs for CBP. The decline in the number of passengers and conveyances entering the United States in FY 2009 resulted in an almost 8 percent decrease in revenues from inspection user fees. CBP, therefore, has fewer resources to maintain critical staffing levels for CBP officers. The proposed funding will allow CBP to maintain staffing for critical positions to protect the United States at its ports of entry.
- Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BESTs): An additional $10M is requested to establish BESTs in three additional locations: Massena, NY; San Francisco, CA and Honolulu, HI. These multi-agency teams work to identify, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations posing significant threats to border security, including terrorist groups, gang members, and criminal aliens.
- Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement: An increase of $25M is requested to support CBP IPR enforcement efforts including information technology systems that support IPR activities and implementation of the 5-year IPR Plan. An increase of $5M is also requested for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). The IPR Center brings key U.S. government agencies together to combat IPR violations that threaten our economic stability, restrict the competitiveness of U.S. industry and endanger the public’s health and safety. ICE will also use these funds to focus on disrupting criminal organizations through the internet and support for anti-counterfeiting efforts.
- Intelligence Analysts: An increase of $10M is requested to fund 103 Intelligence Analysts for CBP. This staffing increase will support 24/7 operations of CBP Intelligence Watch, Operations Coordination and the Commissioner’s Situation Room.
- Coast Guard Asset Recapitalization: A total of $1.4B is requested to continue recapitalization of aging Coast Guard surface and air assets. Included in this request is $538M for production of the Coast Guard’s fifth National Security Cutter to continue replacement of the 378-foot High Endurance Cutters fleet. Also included is $240M for production of four Fast Response Cutters to continue replacement of the 110-foot Class Patrol Boat fleet. The Fast Response Cutters have enhanced capability, high readiness, speed, and endurance, which will allow them to quickly and effectively respond to emerging threats. Additionally, $40M is requested to purchase one Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) HC 144A. The HC-144A will address the Coast Guard’s MPA flight hour gap by providing 1,200 hours every year per aircraft. Finally, $13.9M is requested for improvement and/or acquisition of housing to support military families.
Enforcing and Administering Our Immigration Laws
- E-Verify: A total of $103.4M is requested for the E-Verify Program. In FY 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will develop and implement an E-Verify portal that will provide a single-user interface for the program’s products and services. In addition, USCIS will enhance E Verify’s monitoring and compliance activities through analytical capabilities that will support more robust fraud detection and improved analytic processes and will continue developing system enhancements in response to customer feedback, surveys, mission requirements and capacity needs.
- Secure Communities: Total funding of $146.9M is requested to continue FY 2010 progress toward nationwide implementation of the Secure Communities program—which involves the identification, apprehension and removal of all Level 1 criminal aliens in state and local jails through criminal alien biometric identification capabilities. Secure Communities, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide a safeguard to American communities by removing those criminal aliens from the United States that represent the greatest threats to public safety and by deterring their re-entry through aggressive prosecution.
- Immigrant Integration: A total of $18M is requested to fund USCIS Office of Citizenship initiatives, including expansion of the competitive Citizenship Grant Program to support national and community-based organizations preparing immigrants for citizenship, promote and raise awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities, and enhance English language education and other tools for legal permanent residents. The Office of Citizenship will support the implementation of the Immigration Integration program and lead initiatives to educate aspiring citizens about the naturalization process, monitor and evaluate the administration and content of the new naturalization test, and develop educational materials and resources for immigrants and the organizations that serve them.
Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace
- National Cyber Security Division (NCSD): Total funding of $379M is requested for the NCSD to support the development of capabilities to prevent, prepare for and respond to incidents that could degrade or overwhelm the Nation’s critical information technology infrastructure and key cyber networks. These funds will identify and reduce vulnerabilities, mitigate threats and ensure that cyber intrusions and disruptions cause minimal damage to public and private sector networks.
- National Cyber Security Center (NCSC): A total of $10M is requested for the NCSC to enhance cyber security coordination capabilities across the Federal Government including mission integration, collaboration and coordination, situational awareness and cyber incident response, analysis and reporting, knowledge management, and technology development and management.
Ensuring Resilience to Disasters
- Disaster Relief Fund (DRF): The budget seeks funding of $1.95B, an increase of $0.35B for the DRF. The DRF provides a significant portion of the total federal response to victims in declared major disasters and emergencies.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Facilities: An additional $23.3M is requested to address critical FEMA real estate needs. By FY 2011, the capacity of FEMA facilities will be unable to accommodate key mission responsibilities and staff. FEMA also faces a critical need to maintain and repair aging and deteriorating national facilities. To address these needs, FEMA has developed a 5 year capital plan to begin critical regional facility acquisitions and repairs.
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants: Total funding of $100M is requested to provide program support and technical assistance to state, local and tribal governments to reduce the risks associated with disasters, support the national grant competition and provide the required $500,000 per state allocation. Resources will support the development and enhancement of hazard mitigation plans, as well as the implementation of pre-disaster mitigation projects.
- Flood Map Modernization: A total of $194M is requested to analyze and produce flood hazard data and map products and communicate flood hazard risk. The funding will support the review and update of flood hazard data and maps to accurately reflect flood hazards and monitor the validity of published flood hazard information.
- Rescue 21: $36M is requested for the Rescue 21 system, enabling the U.S. Coast Guard to enhance preparedness, ensure efficient emergency response and rapidly recover from disasters. The Rescue 21 system replaces the U.S. Coast Guard’s legacy National Distress and Response System and improves communications and command and control capabilities in the coastal zone. The system is the foundation for coastal Search and Rescue and enhances maritime domain awareness through increased communications ability with mariners and interagency partners.
Maturing and Strengthening the Homeland Security Enterprise
- St. Elizabeth’s Headquarters Consolidation: To streamline the Departments core operations, $287.8M is requested to consolidate executive leadership, operations coordination and policy and program management functions in a secure setting at St. Elizabeth’s. The Department’s facilities are currently dispersed over more than 40 locations throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). This consolidation at St. Elizabeth’s will reduce the fragmentation of components and will improve communications, coordination and cooperation across all DHS headquarters organizations.
- Lease Consolidation – Mission Support: A total of $75M is requested to align the Department’s real estate portfolio in the NCR to enhance mission performance and increase management efficiency.
- Data Center Migration: A total of $192.2M is requested for the continuation of system and application migration of legacy data centers to two enterprise-wide DHS Data Centers to meet current and anticipated data service requirements. Funding will also be utilized for upgrading infrastructure requirements.
- Acquisition Workforce: The FY 2011 request includes an increase of $24M to strengthen the Department’s acquisition workforce capacity and capabilities. The increase is requested to mitigate the risks associated with skill gaps of the acquisition workforce, ensure that the Department achieves the best terms possible in major acquisitions and improve the effectiveness of the workforce.
- Science and Technology (S&T) Safe Container (SAFECON)/Time Recorded Ubiquitous Sensor Technology (TRUST) R&D: A total of $8M is requested for the S&T SAFECON and TRUST programs. These initiatives develop high reliability, high-throughput detection technologies to scan cargo containers entering the country for weapons of mass destruction, explosives, contraband and human cargo.
- Grants: A total of $4B is requested for grant programs to support our nation’s first responders. This funding assists state and local governments in the prevention of, protection against, response to and recovery from incidents of terrorism and other events.