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Fiscal Year 2011



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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Fiscal Year 2011 Interior Budget in Brief   
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2011 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 2011 Budget Hearings

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Before The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the Continuing Before of the Outer Continental Shelf Program - June 23, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Michael R. Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on Reorganization of the outer Continental Shelf Program - June 23, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon Disaster - May 27, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary Fish, Wildlife and Parks Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster - May 27, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Marcia K. McNutt Director, U.S. Geological Survey Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies - May 27, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Reed R. Murray Program Director, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office Department of the Interior Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on the 2011 President's Budget Request - April 14, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Michael L. Connor Commissioner U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development - April 14, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Anne Castle Assistant Secretary - Water and Science Department of the Interior Before The Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Committee on Appropriations United States House On The President's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request - April 14, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the 2011 President's Budget Request - March 18, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the 2011 President's Budget Requst - March 17, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of The Record Rowan Gould, Acting Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies - March 17, 2010 - (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee Concerning the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request for the National Park Service - March 16, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Marcia K. McNutt, Director U.S. Geological Survey Department of the Interior Before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies U.S. House of Representatives - March 10, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Joseph G. Pizarchik, Director Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement U.S. Department of the Interior Before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Releated Agencies U.S. House of Representatives on the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request - March 10, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior,Environment, and Related Agencies on the 2011 President's Budget Request - March 9, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the 2011 President's Budget Request - March 9, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Robert V. Abbey, Director Bureau of Land Management U.S. Department of the Interior Before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Hearing on the FY 2011 Budget Request of the Bureau of Land Management - March 9, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Larry Echo Hawk Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Before the House Appropriations Subcommitte on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on the President's Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request For Indian Programs in the Department of the Interior - March 4, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Testimony of Donna Erwin Principal Deputy Special Trustee for American Indians before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies United States House of Representatives March 4, 2010 (PDF Format)

  • Statement of Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the 2011 President's Budget Request - March 3, 2010 (PDF Format)



Budget Justifications



Bills

The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

Congressional Action: (S 3635)

  • Reported by Senate Committee. Senate Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, Report No.: 111-228 on July 22, 2010.

  • Senate Action. Place on Senate Legislative Calendar on July 22, 2011.


Continuing Resolution

 Congressional Action:

  • Continuing Resolution 1: (HR 3081)
  • House Passage. Passed the House by a vote of 318 to 106 on July 9, 2009.
  • Senate Passage. Passed the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30 with Amendments on September 29, 2010.
  • House Passage. (Resolving Differences) Passed with Amendments by the House by a vote of 228 to 194 on September 30, 2010.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 111-242 on September 30, 2010.

  • Continuing Resolution 2: (H.J. Res. 101)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a vote of 239 to 178 on December 1, 2010.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent on December 2, 2010.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 111-290 on December 4, 2010.

  • Continuing Resolution 3: (H.J. Res. 105)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a Voice Vote on December 17, 2010.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent on December 17, 2010.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 111-317 on December 18, 2010.

  • Continuing Resolution 4: (HR 3082)
  • House Passage. Passed the House by a vote of 415 to 3 on July 10, 2009
  • Senate Passage. Passed the Senate by a vote of 100 to 0 with Amendments on November 17, 2009.
  • House Passage. (Resolving Differences) Passed with Amendments by the House by a vote of 212 to 206 on December 8, 2010
  • Senate Passage. (Resolving Differences) Passed with Amendments by the Senate by a vote of 79 to 16 on December 21, 2010
  • House Passage. (Resolving Differences) Passed with Amendments by the House by a vote of 193 to 165 on December 21, 2010
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 111-322 on December 22, 2010

  • Continuing Resolution 5: (H.J. Res. 44)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a vote of 335 to 91 on March 1, 2011.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by a vote of 91 to 9 on March 2, 2011.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 112-004 on March 2, 2011

  • Continuing Resolution 6: (H.J. Res. 48)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a vote of 271 to 158 on March 15, 2011.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by a vote of 87 to 13 on March 17, 2011.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 112-006 on March 18, 2011.

  • Continuing Appropriations: Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations (H 1363)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a vote of 247 to 181 on April 7, 2011.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by Voice Vote with Amendments on April 8, 2011.
  • House Passage. (Resolving Differences) Passed with Amendments by the House by a vote of 348 to 70 on April 9, 2011.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 112-008 on April 9, 2011.

  • Continuing Appropriations: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (HR 1473)
  • House Passage. Passed by the House by a vote of 260 to 167 on April 14, 2011.
  • Senate Passage. Passed by the Senate by a vote of 81 to 19 on April 14, 2011.
  • Executive Action. Signed by the President and became Public Law No.: 112-010 on April 15, 2011.


Summary Information

FY 2011 Continuing Resolution On December 22, 2010, the President signed into law P.L. 111-322 making further continuing appropriations for FY 2011 through March 4, 2011. The CR extends the terms and conditions of P.L. 111-242, which funded government operations through December 3, 2010, and includes additional provision for the Department of the Interior. The rate of operations for Interior is based on the 2010 enacted funding levels, except for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which is authorized by Sec. 159 to fund operations at an annual rate of $365.0 million including offsetting collections and inspection fees. Public Law 111-322 includes additional provisions with impact to the Department of the Interior:

  • Section 147 freezes the pay of non-military government personnel for 2011 and 2012.

  • Section 159 provides funding authority for BOEMRE, including authority for the collection and use of offsetting collections and inspection fees.

  • Section 160 provides the Secretary authority to implement a reorganization of BOEMRE, including the establishment of accounts, transfer of funds, and other administrative actions.

  • Section 161 provides authority for geothermal payments to counties for FY 2011.

  • Section 2401(b) provides expenditure authority for the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through March 5, 2011.

Section 128 of P.L. 111-242 included a rescission of $25.0 million for BOEMRE prior-year unobligated balances. The legislation includes a provision (Sec. 121) for the Bureau of Reclamation that rescinds available funding provided for drought emergency assistance in the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 and reappropriates that funding with no time limitation.


Budget Amendment

On September 13, 2010, the President submitted to Congress a FY 2011 budget amendment requesting additional funding for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). The budget amendment request is necessary to strengthen oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, address deficiencies in mineral revenue collection, and facilitate the reorganization of BOEMRE. The budget amendment requests an additional $100 million for BOEMRE with proposals to offset the increased cost by increasing inspection fees on onshore oil and gas operations, canceling prior-year balances not needed for the BOEMRE Outer Continental Shelf Connect project, and prohibiting the expenditure of mandatory spending authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 for oil and gas research and development.


Supplemental - State Aid Package (HR 1586)

The House wrapped up a rare August session Tuesday after clearing a state aid package and passing a border security bill. President Obama signed into law the $26.1 billion state aid bill just hours after the House cleared it by a vote of 247-161. The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 61-39 on August 5, 2010. The bill would provide $16.1 billion to extend increased Medicaid payments to states and $10 billion in aid to schools to prevent layoffs of teachers and other employees. This bill includes rescissions to DOI emergency funding including:

  • BIA Recovery Act funding: Sec. 310. Of the funds made available for "Bureau of Indian Affairs--Indian Guaranteed Loan Program Account'' in title VII of division A of Public Law 111-5, $6,820,000 are rescinded.

  • NPS Hurricane Ivan funding (2004): Sec. 314. Of the funds made available for "National Park Service--Construction'' in chapter 7 of division B of Public Law 108-324, $4,800,000 are rescinded.

  • NPS Hurricane Katrina funding (2006): Sec. 315. Of the funds made available for "National Park Service--Construction'' in chapter 5 of title II of Public Law 109-234, $6,400,000 are rescinded.

  • FWS Hurricane Ike funding (2008): Sec. 316. Of the funds made available for "Fish and Wildlife Service--Construction'' in chapter 6 of title I of division B of Public Law 110-329, $3,000,000 are rescinded.



Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee adopted the 2011 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The bill provides funding for Department of the Interior programs, except the Bureau of Reclamation and the Central Utah Project. The bill provides $32.2 billion, a decrease of $133 million, for agencies funded by the bill. The bill includes $11.0 billion for Interior programs in the bill, an increase of $22 million above the President's request.

House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Summary Table
House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Earmarks



Energy and Water Development Appropriations

Summary: On Thursday, July 22, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill by a vote of 17 to 12.

The Subcommittee legislation would provide $1.133 billion for the Department of the Interior.
This level is $25 million above the President's budget request.

  • The Department of Interior's Central Utah Project Completion Account would receive $43 million, which is the equal to the budget request.

  • The Bureau of Reclamation's Water and Related Resources account would receive $939 million, which is $25 million above the President's budget request.

  • The Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project Restoration Fund account would receive $50 million, which is equal to the budget request.

  • The Bureau of Reclamation's California Bay-Delta Restoration account would receive $40 million, which is equal to the budget request.

  • The Bureau of Reclamation's Policy and Administration account would receive $61 million, which is equal to the President's request.

Senate Energy and Water Development Earmarks



On Thursday, July 15, 2010, the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $34.7 billion spending plan for energy and water programs, including $1.1 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation and CUPCA. The funding is equal to the FY 2011 President's request.

The House fully funded the WaterSMART program request of $62 million for FY 2011 including the requests for WaterSMART grants ($27 million), Basin Studies ($6 million), and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse ($29 million).

House Energy and Water Summary Table
House Energy and Water Development Earmarks


FY 2010 Supplemental Appropriations.

On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, the House adopted the Senate-passed supplemental bill. The President signed the bill into law (P.L. 111-212) on July 29, 2010.

  • The $59 billion supplemental appropriation bill provides $5.1 billion for disaster recovery including the gulf spill. This includes $29.0 million requested by the administration for Interior incident related costs.

  • It also includes reinstatement of geothermal payments to counties and a one year extension to the Federal Lands Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). The costs of these provisions of $9 million, is funded by a reduction to historical accounting in the Office of the Special Trustee.

  • Authority to fund contract claims related to recovery act projects for which funds expire September 2010 from unobligated balances is provided.

  • Emergency authority for the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, a provision to accelerate permitting of the Southwest Intertie project, and reauthorization for NPS Chesapeake Gateway.

  • The bill also extends authorities for the 1991 Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act through 2012.


Status of the House and Senate Budget Resolutions

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the House passed the FY 2011 Budget Resolution (H. Res. 1493). The measure included a Democratic "Budget Enforcement Resolution", which sets a discretionary spending cap for fiscal 2011 spending bill. The one-year budget plan was automatically adopted when the House voted 215-210 to adopt the floor rule for the fiscal 2010 supplemental bill. The measure would set the fiscal 2011 discretionary cap at $1.121 trillion, about $7 billion below the Administration's request. With the House having adopted a fiscal 2011 spending cap, House appropriators can adopt individual spending allocations for each of its 12 spending bills for fiscal 2011.

Summary: The Senate Budget Committee passed the FY 2011 Budget Resolution by a vote of 12 to 10 on Thursday, April 22, 2010. 
 



On April 15, 2011, the President signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (P.L. 112-10). The Act provides funding for all bureaus and offices in the Department of the Interior. Details for bureaus and offices funded through the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations and Energy and Water Development Appropriations are included in the tables below.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations
Energy and Water Development Appropriations