FY 2013 Proposed Budget Released

The Obama Administration recently released its FY 2013 budget proposal. The proposal includes funding for Department of Justice (DOJ) programs which fund state, local and tribal assistance programs, such as Byrne-JAG and COPS. The proposed DOJ budget includes:

  • $290 million for the Community Oriented Police Services Program (COPS), of which $257 million is set aside for hiring. And of that amount, $15 million is set aside for training and technical assistance funds.
  • $413 million for the Edward R. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) Program.

The proposal also includes funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes assistance grants for state, local and tribal law enforcement. The proposed DHS budget would eliminate the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSG), the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program (LETPP). All three programs would be replaced with a “National Preparedness Grant” (NPGP) funded at $1.5 billion.

The NPGP is intended to focus on the development and sustainment of National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed capabilities that can be utilized nationally and regionally. Examples of these capabilities include canine explosive detection teams, Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR), and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Teams.

The President’s submission of his budget proposal represents the first step in the federal budget process. Over the next several weeks, the House and Senate Budget Committees will begin work on drafting the Congressional Budget Resolution. This non-binding document serves as a statement of Congress’s priorities in the budget process. At the same time, the various subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will begin their efforts to craft the annual appropriation bills that fund the federal government.