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Committee Explores Priorities of FY08 Homeland Security R&D Budget

Location: Washington, DC

Committee explores priorities of FY08 Homeland Security R&D Budget

The Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation of the House Committee on Science and Technology today examined the Administration's FY08 budget request for research and development at the Department of Homeland Security. The Committee has jurisdiction over the agency's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Domestic Nuclear Protection Office (DNDO).

Subcommittee Ranking Member Phil Gingrey (R-GA) thanked the Undersecretary for Science and Technology Jay Cohen for his dedication to increasing the investment in basic research. The S&T Directorate helps coordinate all federal homeland security related research, and carries out R&D projects in support of the Department of Homeland Security's many functions, including transportation security, border protection, and biological defense. The DNDO coordinates research, development and operations of technology designed to detect and report unauthorized transportation of nuclear and radiological materials.

"It is critically important we fund the defense organizations tapping into the limitless creativity of our nation's scientists and engineers," said Ranking Member Phil Gingrey (R-GA). "The development of innovative technology is one reason America's defense system is the envy of the world, and we need to ensure we're properly funding these priorities. Today, we successfully examined not only how to allocate these funds, but also how to prioritize the various threats facing our nation and what type of research will best prepare us to combat them."

The requested budget for the S&T Directorate is $799.1 million, a 9.5 percent decrease from the 2007 enacted funding level. The President's proposed budget increases funding for the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) by 17 percent, to $569.1 million.

The Science & Technology Committee has jurisdiction over all civilian research and development programs of the federal government.

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