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White House Seeks $50B for FY 2017 Civilian Homeland Security Programs

WhiteHouseThe White House has requested $50.4 billion for fiscal year 2017 to fund civilian agencies involved in homeland security efforts, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Aaron Boyd writes the budget plan for civilian agencies’ homeland security programs represents an increase of 11.5 percent over fiscal year 2016 and allocates more than $36.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS said in a fact sheet the budget request would allow the department to further support Unity of Effort programs and make investments in border security platforms and a cybersecurity initiative under the national protection and programs directorate.

The White House has requested $70.5 billion in total appropriations for homeland security initiatives run by civilian agencies and the Defense Department, according to budget documents obtained by Federal Times.

The Obama administration’s budget plan proposes $36.6 billion for the prevention of terrorist attacks, $27.7 billion for protection of critical infrastructures and $6.2 billion for natural disaster recovery efforts, according to the report.

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