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Spending Breakdown in the Economic Stimulus Bill by Federal Agency

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Spending Breakdown in the Economic Stimulus Bill by Federal Agency

Federal land managing agencies received big boosts in funding in the stimulus bill.  The Forest Service received over a billion dollars total for roads, trails, and fire fighting.  $650 million is supposed to be spent on maintenance of roads, trails and other facilities.  Hopefully, the money can be used to complete some of the programmatic analyses necessary to issue outfitter permits in National Forests.  One person very familiar with the Forest Service funding said much of the money for the agency would be used to establish a funding mechanism for wildfires. 

While the Forest Service, BLM and the National Park Service all got hefty amounts, an agency insider said the key would be to ensure that the money gets to the ground where it's needed.  Each layer of the bureaucracy skims off portions of funding for every project for overhead before the money gets to the field level.  Outfitter organizations should put together a list of trail maintenance and other projects they believe are needed and plan to meet with agency state or regional offices or their Forest Supervisors to advance those projects or to learn which they may be eligible to work on. 

Here is a breakdown of the entire agency funding from govexec.com:
 
Agriculture Department
• $650 million for Forest Service projects, including road, bridge, trail and facilities maintenance
• $500 million for Forest Service wildfire management, of which $250 million would be devoted to federal land
• $50 million to modernize Farm Service Agency computer systems
• $24 million for repairs and security enhancements at USDA headquarters

Army Corps of Engineers
• $4.6 billion for environmental restoration, flood protection, hydropower and navigation infrastructure improvements

Defense Department
• $4.2 billion for energy efficiency projects and to repair and modernize Defense facilities
• $1.3 billion for construction of medical facilities for service members and their families
• $890 million to improve base housing for troops
• $300 million for research on using renewable energy for weapons systems and on military bases
• $240 million for child development centers
• $150 million for a temporary increase in claims processing staff

Energy Department
• $2 billion for research and improvements to the department's laboratories and facilities

Environmental Protection Agency
• $600 million to clean up hazardous waste at Superfund sites
• $200 million for enforcement and cleanup of petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks

General Services Administration
• $4.5 billion for repairs and renovations to make federal buildings more energy efficient
• $300 million to make the fleet of government vehicles more fuel efficient
• $720 million for construction of GSA and Customs and Border Protection land ports of entry to the United States, to improve border security (also listed under the Homeland Security Department)

Health and Human Services Department
• $500 million for the Indian Health Service to modernize hospitals and health clinics and to upgrade technology
• $19 billion to computerize health records in an effort to reduce medical errors and cut costs

Homeland Security Department
• $1 billion for the Transportation Security Administration to install explosives detection and checkpoint screening systems in airports
• $720 million for construction of General Services Administration and Customs and Border Protection land ports of entry to the United States, to improve border security (also listed under GSA)
• $240 million for the Coast Guard to make infrastructure improvements and remove obstacles to navigation

Interior Department
• $750 million for National Park Service projects
• $500 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to address maintenance backlogs
• $320 million for Bureau of Land Management initiatives
• $280 million for national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries
• $140 million to repair and modernize U.S. Geological Survey science facilities and equipment

NASA
• $400 million for hiring more scientists to study climate change
• $400 million for exploration
• $150 million for research, development and demonstrations to improve aviation safety and modernize the air traffic control system
• $50 million to repair NASA centers damaged by hurricanes and floods in 2008

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
• $600 million for construction and repair of facilities, ships and equipment
• $230 million for ready-to-go research, restoration, navigation and conservation activities

Social Security Administration
• $500 million to replace the 30-year-old National Computer Center
• $500 million for processing a growing pile of disability and retirement claims

State Department
• $290 million for information technology improvements

Veterans Affairs Department
• $1 billion for veterans medical facilities, to address a $5 billion backlog in repairs and launch energy efficiency projects
• $50 million to make monument and memorial repairs at veterans cemeteries

 

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