Homeland Security Budget 2014

In the "More dollars Down the Drain" department: Here's a summary of the 2014 Homeland Security Budget.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – $10.4 billion

This funding will provide for 21,370 Border Patrol agents and 21,775 CBP officers – maintaining the largest personnel totals in history.

The bill also provides $324 million for border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology.


In addition, the bill includes $799 million for various Air and Marine patrol efforts on the U.S. border....The bill provides $68 million for CBP’s National Targeting Center – an increase of $16 million over fiscal year 2012 – to enhance the identification of known and suspected terrorists and criminals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – $5.4 billion

The bill also provides $138 million to complete the deployment of the Secure Communities program, and $2.8 billion for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, providing a total of 34,000 beds – maintaining the highest detention capacity in history. (my emphasis)

The bill also prohibits funds for the ICE Public Advocate.

Coast Guard: $10.4 billion

TSA: $5.16 billion

Secret Service: $1.6 billion

Cybersecurity – $756.8 million

Last but not least:

The bill continues a prohibition on funds to transfer or release detainees from Guantanamo Bay, and includes numerous other funding restrictions to prevent waste and abuse.

Here is Janet Napolitano's written testimony to the House Appropriations Committee supporting the budget.

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    These guys drive me crazy (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 09:39:24 AM EST
    down here with all their branny new go fast boats with four 350 horsepower outboard motors speeding around to protect us from the Cuban Communists that float over on inner tubes.I don't really think they can go four times faster but they do burn four times more fuel.  Very stupid and they scare fish too.

    The most important words there (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:29:57 PM EST
    are the last four.

    Smoke. (none / 0) (#2)
    by lentinel on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 09:50:08 AM EST
    PA keeping RA us NO safe IA

    I can relate to the paranoia... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:45:02 AM EST
    the more DHS spends, the less secure I feel.

    Uncle Sam must not be broke after all, he must be flush if he's got cash for all this...that's good news, right? ;)


    Fat Albert is still up spying (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:17:01 PM EST
    on everything down in the lower keys.  It's called an Aerostat balloon that's tethered to a big truck and carries all kinds of surveillance equipment.  There are 50 of them along our borders with a few in the Caribbean.  The first was Fat Albert down in Cudjoe Key 23 miles from Key West and was set up in 1980.  The Airforce used to manage them but have since turned them over to HLS.  Fatso is at the end of blimp road and there is a boat launch there so I've seen it many times being lowered so different alphabet agencies could switch out their equipment.  God forbid they should co=operate.  They used to bring it down every night so that's when smugglers of all kinds would go active.  Even lobster and cigarette runners zooming in all directions.  Now it's lit up and going 24/7.  HLS seems to be in a race with the DEA in a spending spree.  The torture never stops.  

    Boy, we are getting our (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:24:10 PM EST
    Security's moneys worth today in Key West.  An anthrax scare at our US Post Office has brought law officials of all stripes and stars to our environs.   Don't know much more about it and probably no one else does at this point.--could be someone going postal or something else.  Pity the poor customers in the Post Office at the time who are all quarantined--not a great place to spend the weekend by anyone's lights.  But, hopefully, just a scare not anything more.

    Update, Saturday, April 13. (none / 0) (#7)
    by KeysDan on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 07:55:51 AM EST
    According to the local paper, the anthrax letter send to the US Post Office  came from an inmate of a Maryland prison and was a hoax.  Further tests of the material are being tested to be certain.  About 20 people were decontaminated by hazmat crews and taken to Lower Keys Hospital and eventually released.