Current Appropriations Bills
Congress is currently considering the Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bills.
FY14 Funding Cycle
Congress has begun the FY14 funding cycle. On April 10, 2013, President Obama released the Administration’s FY14 budget request to Congress, followed by budget resolutions passed by the House on March 21 and the Senate on March 23. Unlike the House and Senate budget resolutions which lay out only broad parameters of spending for the fiscal year, the Administration’s budget proposes to Congress specific funding levels for individual programs.
Overall, the budget proposes a 3.1 percent increase in Department of Justice (DOJ) funding, and an almost 10 percent increase in justice assistance grant program funding, though a direct comparison to FY13 funding is difficult because the impact of sequestration in FY14 is unclear.
The President’s budget proposes $395 million for the Byrne JAG program; from this total $36.5 million is carved out for unrelated programs, leaving $358.5 million for the formula program which is very slightly higher than the post-sequester FY13 amount. NCJA members have access to the Justice Assistance Table that provides program level detail on the President’s budget request. View it on the Members Only page of the website.
Release of the President’s budget is the first step in the long annual appropriations process. Over the next several months, the 12 subcommittees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will hold hearings on the programs and functions under their jurisdictions, taking testimony on the President’s budget request and on the needs and goals of the various federal agencies.