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Monday, February 06, 2006

DHS | Department of Homeland Security | Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Six Percent Increase In Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request

"President Bush’s fiscal year 2007 budget request for the Department of Homeland (DHS) Security represents $42.7 billion in funding, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. The request reflects recent organizational reforms and program changes to ensure that the department’s policies, operations, and structures remain mission-focused and well-aligned to meet evolving threats.

The proposed budget request supports Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s agenda for a department that is organized around mission, eliminates duplication, and disciplined in risk management. Central to the department’s budget are five themes: increasing overall preparedness, and strengthening the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); strengthening border security and reforming immigration; enhancing transportation security through more efficient and secure system controls; improving information sharing; and strengthening the department’s organization in order to maximize performance.

[Included was:] An increase of $12.6 million for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to increase staff resources to comply with Public Law 108-330, the Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act; analyze opportunities for further functional consolidation of segments of departmental financial management; support the department�s plan to achieve an unqualified audit opinion with no material weaknesses; and produce financial data that is timely, reliable, and useful for decision-makers in their mission to properly allocate resources to protect the nation. "

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