Napolitano announces DHS FY 2014 budget request

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the Department of Homeland Security's fiscal year 2014 budget request on Wednesday of $39.0 billion in net discretionary funding.

According to the request, the Budget Control Act of 2011 would also separately provide an additional $5.6 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund. The department attempted to acknowledge the current fiscal environment by decreasing its net discretionary amount by two percent when compared to FY 2012's enacted level.

"After 10 years of effort, DHS has transformed 22 agencies from across the federal government into a single integrated department, building a strengthened homeland security enterprise and a more secure America better equipped to confront the range of threats we face," Napolitano said. "The department's FY 2014 budget request preserves core frontline priorities while making critical investments to grow the economy and secure the homeland."

The budget request for 2014 includes $1.3 billion in savings from administrative and mission support areas, such as vehicle management, professional services, directed purchasing, overtime, personnel moves, travel, information technology and contracts. Through a department-wide efficiency review, which started in 2009, and other cost-saving endeavors, the DHS has identified more than $4 billion in reductions and cost avoidances. The department redeployed the reduced funds to other mission-critical initiatives.

The priorities of the DHS budget include preventing terrorism and enhancing security, securing and managing U.S. borders, enforcing and administering immigration laws, safeguarding and securing cyberspace and ensuring resilience to disasters.

The budget builds on progress the DHS has made in each of its mission areas while enhancing partnerships, streamlining operations, strengthening capabilities and increasing efficiencies.