United States Fire Administration: An Overview [June 26, 2015]   [open pdf - 244KB]

From the summary: "The United States Fire Administration (USFA)--which includes the National Fire Academy (NFA)--is currently housed within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The objective of the USFA is to significantly reduce the nation's loss of life from fire, while also achieving a reduction in property loss and non-fatal injury due to fire. […] The Administration's FY2016 budget proposed $41.582 million for USFA, a 5.6% decrease from the FY2015 level. Of the total, the budget proposal recommended $12.268 million for the National Fire Academy. S. 1619, the Department of Homeland Security Act, 2016, was reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 18, 2015, and would provide $44 million for USFA. […] Concerns in the 114th Congress over the federal budget deficit could impact future funding levels for the USFA. Debate over the USFA budget has focused on whether the USFA is receiving an appropriate level of funding to accomplish its mission, given that appropriations for USFA have consistently been well below the agency's authorized level. An ongoing issue is the viability and status of the USFA and National Fire Academy within the Department of Homeland Security."

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