Cyber-Intelligence Gathering Would Get More Funding in Obama Budget Plan
The budget calls for spending $28.2 billion for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, compared with $27.6 billion for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2010, the last year in which Congress enacted a 12-month spending plan. The government is operating under temporary spending authority that expires March 4.
The spending blueprint calls for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, part of the Justice Department, to hire 42 people to investigate computer intrusions, including those by cyber- terrorists and nation states, and 73 new positions to expand national security investigations, according to budget documents.
“The president’s budget request demonstrates a dedication to protecting our national security and a commitment to using every instrument of power to fight terrorism and keep America safe,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
New Prison Beds
Funding would be provided for 7,200 new prison beds and the operation of three new prisons in Alabama, New Hampshire and Illinois to accommodate an increasing inmate population. The Justice Department would hire six more attorneys to fight counterfeiting and international trade in illegitimate goods.
The budget doesn’t include any funding for relocating terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to the U.S., one of Obama’s priorities. Congress limited the administration’s ability to relocate the prisoners to the U.S. The Obama administration is discussing the restrictions with lawmakers.
The budget also would continue funding for financial fraud task forces and attorneys handling litigation stemming from last year’s BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The administration’s proposal for $28.2 billion in spending includes $7.26 billion from seized assets and fines and penalties paid by convicted federal defendants. Using those funds to offset spending, the administration is asking Congress to approve $20.9 billion for the department.
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