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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

DHS seeks shift in funds to cover Federal Protective Service shortfall

"Senate appropriators and Homeland Security Department officials plan to meet Thursday to discuss a department request to shift more than $42 million in funds to address a budget shortfall at the Federal Protective Service.

Late payments from agencies that reimburse FPS for its building protection services, an undersized staff and financial mismanagement are to blame for the gap in the agency's budget, and the subsequent June 30 request to reprogram funds from other accounts within DHS, an agency management source said. The requested shift would draw funds from areas, including explosives detection and detention of illegal immigrants.

In a June 30 letter to Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., ranking member of the subcommittee handling homeland security appropriations, DHS Acting Management Undersecretary Scott Charbo said the transfer was necessary because of 'the structural transition of FPS from the General Services Administration,' its former parent agency, to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau within DHS, and 'financial management issues.' "

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