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.
The Department of the Interior "Budget in Brief" highlights and describes details of the fiscal year 2014 request.
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On July 10, 2013, the House passed a fiscal 2014 Energy-Water spending measure that would provide $30.4 billion for the Energy Department, Interior Department and Army Corps of Engineers. Lawmakers backed the measure, 227-198, after considering more than 70 amendments.
The bill (HR 2609) is $2.9 billion less than the fiscal 2013 enacted level, excluding money spent on disaster relief, and $4.3 billion less than competing legislation in the Senate.
In House floor action, an amendment offered by: Ms. Noem (SD) was adopted by voice vote which increased BOR's Rural water program by $25 million.
The House funded Reclamation at $981 million – $65 million (or 6.2%) below the President's request and $12 million (or 1.2%) below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level (including sequester). Similar to 2013, the House rejected separate accounts for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the Indian Water Rights Settlements, keeping the funding in Water & Related Resources. Also like 2013, the House eliminated the San Joaquin River Restoration Program funding of $26 million.
The House also rejected extension of the authorizations for the Drought Relief Act, the Water Desalination Act, and the Cal-Fed Bay-Delta Authorization Act, and the requested increase in ceiling for the Secure Water Act and Drought Relief Act. The House cut the Water & Related Resources request by 6.5% ($-58 million) with a few exceptions: Dam Safety was fully funded, however, certain WaterSMART programs were eliminated (Grants, Water Conservation Field Services and the new Shared Investment Water Innovation Program) as was the Desalination Program.
The House mark would retain CUPCA as a separate program at $8.7 million, a $5.2 million or 249% increase over the 2014 Request and $12 million (or 58%) below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level (including sequester).
The “Indian Affairs FY 2014 Contract Support Cost Appropriation” table reflects the FY 2014 request for CSC and accompanies the new appropriations language. The table was prepared based on the FY 2014 budget request and an estimate of contract support costs under each Title I self-determination contract and Title IV self-governance funding agreement, relying on information available to Indian Affairs as of April 30, 2013. (PDF-Format)
Section 1113(1) of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) requires transmittal of an operating plan showing the allocation of funding provided by Congress for 2013. On May 3, 2013, the Department of the Interior provided Congress the plans for the bureaus and offices within the jurisdiction of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
These plans provide funding information at the program, project or activity level as included in the Committee Support table which accompanies the Subcommittee's bill. Funding for 2013 reflects the allocation of the 2013 Continuing Resolution including an across the board reduction of 0.2 percent, and application of sequestration reductions pursuant to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-240).