Tagged: budget

Federal Funding for Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement has always been the pillar of a community’s security environment. Ever since September 11, 2001, policymakers have placed a greater emphasis on information sharing among local and federal Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), especially in metropolitan areas. The goal is to prevent future catastrophic events by increasing cooperation. As...

The Rising Cost of Fire Operations

A news release last week from the USDA, “New Report Shows Budget Impact of Rising Firefighting Costs” covered Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of a new report from the Forest Service’s issue of shrunken budgets over the last 20 years. “Climate change, drought, fuel buildup and insects and disease are...

Opportunity for All: The President’s FY2015 Budget Fact Sheet

The White House released a Fact Sheet on the President’s budget for fiscal year 2015, Opportunity for All: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure, which is a summary of the “roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility.” The president plans to lean on bipartisan...

New Budget, Old Ideas: DoD Releases 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

Today in Washington, The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the President’s FY2015 Budget Proposal, released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).  Current legislation (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) mandates that the QDR “outlines the strategic direction of the Department and establishes priorities to determine appropriate resource investments.” The 2014...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

The Future of Unmanned Vehicles: The DOD Roadmap

In an attempt to describe how unmanned systems are vital to the defense of the nation, the Department of Defense (DOD) has released a report on the importance of developing enhanced unmanned systems. This report, called the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap“, maps fiscal years 2013-2038 and discusses the unique challenges...

OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013

OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 On March 1, 2013 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report on the Joint Committee Sequestration for fiscal year 2013. In an introductory letter from Jeffrey D. Zients to the Speaker of the...

CBO Release: Automatic Reductions in Government Spending — aka Sequestration

“Automatic Reductions in Government Spending — aka Sequestration” Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an article after receiving “many questions in recent days about the budgetary and economic implications of the automatic reductions in government spending that are scheduled to occur under current law (in technical terms, a sequestration).”...

Sequestration: How We Got Here and the Looming Cuts

On March 1, 2013, unless Congress takes action, sequestration’s automatic, across-the-board cuts, which are evenly divided between defense and non-defense accounts, will begin to take place. There has been much debate and speculation regarding what sequestration means, and how it will affect the U.S. economy and our national security. But...