Budget Amendments for Fiscal Year 2017

On November 10, 2016 the president sent a letter to the speaker of the house reporting some amendments to the administration’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The amendments are to increase funding for national security activities at the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development to fund Overseas Contingency Operations. According to this letter, an enclosure accompanied it. That enclosure was a letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Since that letter was not available on the White House web site, I am arbitrarily deciding it is beyond the scope of my reviews (I have to draw a line somewhere!) and presume it is publicly available online at a different site.

This seems to be a routine kind of action as part of the budget process and I see no reason to flag it as a concern. But, just to give a little more context, I will quote the last part of the letter from the president here.

“While these amendments focus on funding our overseas national security efforts, our efforts here at home are equally important to fighting terrorism and protecting the American people. For this reason, I urge the Congress to fully fund not only the international security needs outlined in this request, but also the domestic security programs included in the FY 2017 Budget. Specifically, the Congress should fund critical cybersecurity programs and ensure the Nation has the resources needed to aggressively counter evolving cybersecurity threats. I also encourage the Congress to provide the resources necessary for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration and its Countering Violent Extremism programs.”



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