Obama Administration Asks Congress for $3.7B DHS Budget Increase

US department of homeland securityThe White House has released an annual budget proposal that asks Congress to increase the Department of Homeland Security‘s fiscal 2016 budget by $3.7 billion, Federal Times reported Monday.

Andy Medici writes the increased funding would allow DHS to hire more border patrol agents as well as boost the agency’s cybersecurity and counterterrorism efforts.

The Obama administration proposed spending $102.6 million on a DHS-run continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative and $480 million to fund development of network security tools for the EINSTEIN program.

Secret Service programs would get a funding boost of nearly $87 million under the White House’s proposed FY 2016 budget, according to the report.

The DHS spending plan also seeks funds for the agency’s Unity of Effort aimed at increasing departmental cooperation on management and contracting matters.

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