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Homeland Security Decreased Counterterrorism Funding

15 Dec 2017 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

U.S. Senate Report Reveals Internal Disagreements Over Funding Counterterrorism Programs

The Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on December 12th issued a report detailing the Administration’s intended funding cuts to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) state, local, and national counterterrorism programs based on an FY 2019 budget document DHS received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which was provided to the Committee by a whistleblower.

In late November 2017, a whistleblower disclosed a critical budget document related to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Democratic staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. This document is titled the Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Policy Guidance and is dated November 28, 2017. It communicates OMB guidance from the President to the Department regarding its budget proposal. As the document states: “The following document provides fiscal year 2019 discretionary budget and policy guidance for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). … The agency-specific discussions found below highlight those programs where budgetary levels reflect explicit changes in Administration policy.” It is important to note that the totals reflected in this document may not represent the President’s final budget.

The Administration has proposed the elimination of $568 million worth of counterterrorism funding from DHS since the introduction of the FY 2018 and FY 2019 budget proposals compared to FY 2017 enacted levels. In the Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, $524 million of cuts to counterterrorism funding was proposed, with an additional $44 million in cuts proposed in the FY 2019 budget proposal. OMB Instructed DHS to Completely Eliminate Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams and Cut $27 Million for Federal Air Marshals. Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams are multi-disciplinary groups of security officers deployed to various locations to prevent and deter acts of terrorism. VIPR teams typically consist of Federal Air Marshals, Behavioral Detection Officers, Transportation Security Specialists-Explosives, Transportation Security Inspectors, and canine teams. Based on current intelligence and threat information, VIPR teams are deployed to secure vulnerable areas by working closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Bruce Hulme, CFE, BAI - ISPLA Director of Government Affairs
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