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Fiscal Year 2010



This page points to items of interest concerning the Department of the Interior's budget. You may track the progress of this budget request through the Congressional appropriations process from this page. 



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President's 2010 Budget Blueprint
On February 26, 2009, the President released his 2010 Budget Blueprint, which provides the framework for the President's 2010 budget. Below is a link to the President's 2010 Budget Blueprint. Additional information will follow.

Entire President's Blueprint (140 pages, 1.8 MB)
Department of the Interior Blueprint Section (4 pages, 96 KB)

2010 Congressional Budget Resolution
Summary: The House and Senate Budget Committees have passed budget resolutions for Fiscal Year 2010. Floor action on both measures is expected the week of March 30. A summary of the two proposals is provided for your information.

The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2010 request.

Note: This document is presented as several separate PDF-formatted files. To view these files requires that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader® loaded on your computer. For a printed copy of the "Highlights" contact the Office of Budget at 202-208-5308.



Testimony from 2010 Budget Hearings

  • Statement of Pamela K. Haze, Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior before House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Concerning Options for Wildfire Suppression Funding - April 1, 2009 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Walter D. Cruickshank, Acting Director, Minerals Management Service, United States Department of the Interior Committee on Appropriations Subcomittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies House of Representatives - April 2, 2009 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of George Skibine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development and Jerry Gidner Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of the Interior Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Issues in Indian Country - April 22, 2009 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the 2010 President's Budget Request - May 13, 2009 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Daniel N. Wenk, Acting Director, National Park Service, before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee Concerning the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request for the National Park Service - May 14, 2009 - (PDF Format)



Budget Justifications

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies



Bills

 DOI, Environment, & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill:

 Congressional Action: (HR 2996)

  • Reported by the House Committee. House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 111-180 on June 23, 2009.

  • Passed by the House. Passed by the House by a vote of 254 to 173 on June 26, 2009

  • Received in the Senate. Received in the Senate on July 6, 2009, read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

  • Reported by Senate Committee. Committee on Appropriations reported written Report No. 111-38 on July 7, 2009.

  • Passed by the Senate. Passed by the Senate with amendment by vote of 77 to 21 on September 24, 2009.

  • House Action. House disagree to the Senate amendment and agree to a conference passed by a voice vote on October 26, 2009.

  • House Action. Conference report H. Rept 111-316 filed on October 28, 2009.

  • Passed by the House. House agreed to Conference report by a vote of 247 to 178 on October 29, 2009.

  • Passed by the Senate. Senate agreed to Conference report by a vote of 72 to 28 on October 29, 2009.

Executive Action:

  • Received by the White House. Cleared for the White House on October 29, presented to the President on October 30, 2009.

  • Signed by the President. Signed by the President on October 30, 2009.

  • Public Law number assigned. Became Public Law No.: 111-88 on October 30, 2009.

Bill Summary and Status for HR 2996


The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

House Action: (HR 3183)

  • Reported by the House Committee. House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 111-203 on July 13, 2009.

  • Passed by the House. Passed by the House by a vote of 320 to 97 on July 17, 2006.

  • Received in the Senate. Received in the Senate on July 20, 2009, read twice and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.

  • Passed by the Senate. Passed by the Senate with amendment by vote of 85 to 9 on July 29, 2009.

  • House Action. House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference by Voice Vote on September 25, 2010.

  • House Action. Conference report H. Rept 111-278 filed on September 1, 2009.

  • Passed by the House. House agreed to Conference report by a vote of 308 to 114 on October 1, 2009.

  • Passed by the Senate. Senate agreed to Conference report by a vote of 80 to 17 on October 15, 2009.

Senate Action: (S 1436)

  • Reported by the Senate Committee. Senate Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, Report No.: 111-45 on July 9, 2009.

  • Senate Action. Place on Senate Legislative Calendar on July 9, 2009.

  • For further action see HR 3183.

Executive Action:

  • Received by the White House. Cleared for the White House on October 15, presented to the President on October 21.

  • Signed by the President. Signed by the President on December 28.

  • Public Law number assigned. Became Public Law No.: 111-85 on October 28.

Bill Summary and Status for HR 3183 and S 1436



Summary Information

House Action on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and the Jobs for Main Street Act.

On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 the House Rules Committee passed a rule, H. Res. 976 that provides for consideration of the amendment to the Senate amendment to HR 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, and provides for consideration of H.R. 2847, the Jobs for Main Street Act, 2010.

On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (HR 3326). It includes a provision for the Department of the Interior, ( Sec. 1007) that allows the Secretary to make a payment to Swain County, North Carolina, in connection with a 1943 agreement between the Secretary of the Interior, Swain County, the State of North Carolina, and the Tennessee Valley Authority related to construction of the North Shore Road in Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 the House passed the Jobs for Main Street Act (HR 2847) by a vote 217 to 212, which provides $220 million for the Department of the Interior. The bill provides $20 million for the Bureau of Land Management, $30 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service, $50 million for the National Park Service and $20 million for the Wildland Fire Management program to employ seasonal workers. The bill includes $100 million for the Bureau of Reclamation, including not less than $26 million for water reclamation and reuse projects and $30 million for projects authorized in the Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act (Public Law 108-361).



The conferees met and approved the 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on October 27, 2009. The House and Senate passed the bill on October 29 by votes of 247 to 178 and 72 to 28, respectively. The President signed the bill, and the bill was assigned Public Law no. 111-88.   

Overall, the Interior Appropriations Act is $32.2 billion, a decrease of $85.2 million below the President's budget and $4.7 billion above 2009. The Act includes $11.0 billion for the Department of the Interior. The 2010 enacted level for the Department is $13.0 million below the budget request and an increase of $844 million or 8.3 percent over the 2009 level.
Conference Report H.Rept. 111-316
Interior Conference Summary



On October 1, 2009, the House approved the Conference measure and the Senate approved it on October 15, 2009. The information provided is based on the Conference action. On October 28, 2009, the President signed the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, H.R. 3183.

Public Law 111-85 (Enrolled version)
Conference Report H.Rept. 111-278



On October 15, the Senate passed the conference report to H.R. 3183, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 by a vote of 80 to 17.  The bill will now go to the President for his signature.

Title II of H.R. 3183 would fund Interior programs including:

Central Utah Project. H.R. 3183 would provide the CUPCA $42 million, which matches the President's budget request and $4,000 more than the enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level.

Bureau of Reclamation. H.R. 3183 would provide $1.09 billion for the BOR, which is $67 million more than the President's budget request and $12 million more than enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level, excluding $1 billion in emergency appropriations. This includes funding for:

  • $951.2 million for the water and related resources program. This amount is $58 million more than the President's budget request and $30.9 million more than the enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level, excluding $1 billion in emergency appropriations.

  • $35.4 million for central valley project. This amount matches the President's budget request and $20.7 million less than the enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level.

  • $40 million for the California Bay-Delta restoration. This amount is $9 million more than the President's budget request and matches the enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level.

  • $61.2 million policy and administration. This amount matches the President's budget request and $1.8 million more than the enacted Fiscal Year 2009 level.



2010 Appropriations - Conferees on the Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill met on September 30. On October 1, 2009, the House passed the conference measure by a vote of 308 to 114. The Senate is expected to take up the measure this week (October 5).



Continuing Resolution - A continuing resolution (P.L. 111-68) funds operations of Federal programs through October 31, 2009. The legislation, which includes the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act also provides a temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. The CR does not extend the compact with Palau but does provide extended authorization for issuance of grazing permits. The rate of operations for Interior is based on the 2009 enacted funding levels.




The Senate adopted numerous amendments to the Committee version of the bill, which are summarized below. The Senate appointed conferees on the Interior bill,including Feinstein; Byrd; Leahy; Dorgan; Mikulski; Kohl; Johnson; Reed; Nelson NE; Tester; Inouye; Alexander; Cochran; Bennett; Gregg; Murkowski; Collins; Bond. Conference is expected to be held during the first three weeks in October. The Energy & Water Development bill has already passed both House and Senate - conference is expected in the next two weeks.

A full comparison of the Senate Committee version of the Interior bill with the House-passed measure can be found on the Budget Office website at http://www.doi.gov/budget/2010/data/pdf/10SenateSummary08_31_09.pdf.



The Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the fiscal year 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on June 25, 2009. Full Senate action on the bill is expected in early September 2009. The House passed the fiscal year 2010 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on June 26, 2009. Overall, the Senate bill includes a total of $32.2 billion in budget authority, $200 million below the House mark, a total of $32.4 billion for the Department of the Interior, Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Indian Health Service, and numerous other agencies that are funded in the bill. 



Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations
On Wednesday, July 29, 2009, the Senate passed the 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill by a vote of 85 to 9. The bill passed after debate on several amendments. The amendments agreed to by the Senate include: an amendment offered by Senator Dorgan to bar funds for unauthorized contracts; an amendment by Senator Dorgan that resolves the Reclamation (and Corps) issue related to the transfer of the Recovery Act funding; an amendment by Senator Dorgan to require all agencies to include a separate category for administrative expenses when submitting their appropriation request to OMB; an amendment by Senator Reid to modify provisions relating to the Bureau of Reclamation relating to the Walker River Basin; and $1.0 million to design and implement, in consultation and cooperation with other Federal departments and agencies, State and tribal governments, and other water management and conservation organizations, a water monitoring program for the Walker River Basin; and an amendment by Senator Boxer on certain water transfers. The amendments that were defeated include: an amendment by Senator Coburn to subject all grants and contracts to competitive bidding; an amendment by Senator Coburn to reduce administrative funding for the Department of Energy; an amendment by Senator Alexander on TARP funding; and an amendment by Senator McCain that would preclude the use of funds for unauthorized programs and projects.
 

House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee Action:
On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the 2010 Energy and Water Development bill. The bill includes $33.3 billion for agencies funded under the bill. This total reflects a decrease of $1.1 billion from the President's Budget request. The bill includes $1.1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Project, an increase of $17 million above the President's budget request.

Committee on Appropriations Press Release:
2010 Energy and Water Appropriations
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act Termination and Reductions



House Interior Bill Floor Summary:
Summary: On Thursday, June 25, 2009, the House convened to consider HR 2996, the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill.


The House proceeded with one hour of general debate on H Res 578, the Rule providing for consideration of the Interior Bill (HR 2996). The Rule was adopted by a vote of 238-184

The House reconvened in the Committee of the Whole House 9 pm for consideration of the bill and amendments. The House proceeded with one hour of general debate, followed by amendments. On Friday, June 26, 2009, the House passed the Bill by a vote of 254-173.



Senate Interior Bill Committee Summary:
On Thursday, June 25, 2009, the Senate Interior Appropriations committee reported out the Interior bill with a set of managers' amendments including 12 items. Senate floor action is expected to follow the July 4th recess. The Senate Bill provides $32.1 billion for agencies included in the bill, including $11.1 billion for Interior bureaus and offices.


The amendments adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee included:

  • Direction to NPS to conduct a special resources study of the Honouliuli, Hawaii internment camp site, to prepare the Paterson Great Falls, NJ National Historic Park general management plan, and to continue negotiations for a special use permit to operate, maintain and use the Kaweah hydroelectric project infrastructure inside Sequoia NP to reach a fair, cost effective agreement for the terms of a ten year special use permit.

  • Direction to USGS to include aquifers such as the High Plains Grass Lands to be included in climate change research activities.

  • Direction to FWS and FS to prevent the spread of quagga mussels from entering Lake Tahoe.

  • Direction to prevent EPA from regulating livestock emissions under the Clean Air Act.

  • Language that allows us to pay prior year PILT adjustments from current year funding.

  • A technical adjustment to language that extends the Palau compact for one year.

  • Direction to the BIA to fund $25 million for public safety and justice programs as authorized by the Emergency Fund for Indian Safety and Health.

The Senate Appropriations Committee Press Release.


On Thursday, June 18, 2009, the House Appropriations Committee reported out the 2010 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It remained consistent with the Subcommittee version with the following amendments:

  • A manager's amendment comprised of the following:

    • An increase of $1.5 million to NPS Statutory and Contractual Aid for Japanese American Confinement Sites,

    • An increase of $150,000 for the NPS Shenandoah-Dives Mill National Historic Landmark in Save American's Treasures,

    • An increase of $5.0 million for NPS Civil War Battlefield Grants in Land Acquisition, and

    • A reduction of $6.5 million in NPS Construction to offset the increases.

    • Language that encourages the USGS to maintain the funding for the Chesapeake Bay geographic analysis and monitoring effort at the Fiscal Year 2008 level.

  • An amendment by Mr. Lewis that prohibits Guantanamo detainees into the United States, the territories and the freely associated States.

  • An amendment by Mr. Simpson was adopted that requires a report to be prepared by the White House within 120 days of enactment in order to provide the Administration's overall climate change strategy and detailing the 2008, 2009 and 2010 planned expenditures government-wide.

  • An amendment by Mr. Moran that encourages the NPS to work with the Civil War Preservation Trust and other organizations to update the content of its website and information available at Civil War parks.




Summary: 2010 Budget
On June 10, 2009, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked-up their version of the 2010 Interior, Environment,and Related Agencies Appropriation bill. The bill provides $32.3 billion for agencies in the Bill, including $10.97 billion for Interior bureaus and offices, an increase of $897 million above the 2009 enacted level and $7 million below the President's Budget Request. The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark-up the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriation bill on Thursday, June 18, 2009. Below are links to the Interior Subcommittee's press release and summary table.


Committee on Appropriations Press Release:
http://appropriations.house.gov/pdf/Dicks_Statement_Interior_Approps_SubC_Markup_FY2010.pdf

Appropriations Summary FY 2010 Chairman's Mark Summary Table:
http://appropriations.house.gov/pdf/Interior_Table_SubC_2010.pdf