President Bush Proposes to Increase BIS Funding for Fiscal Year 2009
President Bush's recently proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009 would restore funding to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that Congress reduced for FY 2008.
The President's FY 2009 budget requests $83,676,000 million for BIS. In H.R. 2764, the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress in late December 2007, Congress appropriated $72,855,000 million to BIS, a $2 million decrease from FY 2007.
The FY 2009 budget includes $14,767,000 for inspections and other activities related to national security and $2.4 million in initiatives to upgrade export enforcement and to ensure compliance through end-user checks in foreign countries. The increased funds in FY 2009 would be used by BIS to increase the number of criminal investigators working on counter-proliferation issues and enhance efforts to stop transshipments of sensitive technologies in Southeast Asia. The 2009 budget also includes funding for the Validated End-User (VEU) initiative.
The proposed FY 2009 budget would permit BIS to hire up to 392 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, up from 364 FTEs in 2007 and 2008.
The detailed budget proposals for each of the Commerce Department's 12 bureaus or agencies can be found here: www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2009/pdf/appendix/com.pdf.