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Interior Budget Emphasizes Fiscal Responsibility, Cost-Effective Government, Strategic Investments


President Obama’s proposed $12.2 billion budget for Interior in FY 2011 is a fiscally responsible plan that will enable the nation’s largest land manager to carry out its stewardship responsibilities more effectively while making strategic investments in priority initiatives that address major challenges facing the nation. Secretary Salazar said:

The President is making tough choices in difficult economic times, cutting costs and holding the line on spending by ending ineffective programs and supporting cost-efficient initiatives. Through our collective effort in protecting America’s natural resources and cultural resources heritage, we support 1.3 million jobs and generate over $370 billion in economic activity each year. Interior plays a key role in responsibly developing America’s new energy frontier, tackling the impacts of climate change, preserving America’s treasured landscapes and empowering Tribal nations.

The 2011 budget ( continues the Secretary’s aggressive agenda for reform. The Administration’s request for Interior contains $750 million in reductions and terminations of lower priority programs and elimination of one-time funding. The 2011 budget is $38.7 million or 0.3 percent below the level enacted by Congress for 2010. 

The budget proposes investments for high priority goals and initiatives that move the Department in a new direction. In 2010 the Department began an aggressive program to tackle these challenges and the 2011 budget continues these areas, including the following:

Watch live streaming video of Interior’s proposed budget announcement. 

Learn more about Interior’s initiatives.

More detailed information is in the FY2011 Interior Budget in Brief.

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.