Homeland security appropriations bill becomes law
- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Oct 18, 2004
President Bush today signed a $32 billion, fiscal 2005 Homeland Security appropriations bill.
The law includes a major increase in funding authority for the CIO's Office, which will receive $275.3 million for the coming year rather than the appropriation of about $65 million it received last year. More than $200 million of the increase represents funding formerly devoted to cross-departmental projects.
Other major IT projects approved include:
* $3.98 billion for first-responder grants for state and local governments, some of which will go to IT projects
* $449 million for systems modernization at the Customs and Border Protection agency
* $340 million for the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program
* $140.8 million for national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications
* $106.6 million for critical infrastructure outreach and data sharing efforts
* $67.8 million for cybersecurity projects in the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate
* $18 million for research on cyberthreats by the Science and Technology Directorate.
Overall, the approved funding exceeds the administration's request by $896 million and funding in 2004 by $2.8 billion.