- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security’s budget for fiscal 2013 is just over $59 billion, a little less than the current budget but almost $5 billion more than the 2011 budget, according to government figures.

In a statement announcing the new spending plan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that more than $850 million had been moved “to front-line operations” from administrative functions like “information technology, travel, [and] overtime.”

Among other efficiencies, Homeland Security is consolidating its various state and local government grant programs, which will dole out $2.9 billion next year if the budget is approved.

The budget includes $769 million to improve the cyber security of U.S. government civilian computer networks, and $117 million for scanners and other security technology at airports.

A little more than $10 billion of the agency’s budget comes from user fees paid by immigrants, air travelers and others, and from separate, mandatory funding such as the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund. The other $48 billion comes from taxpayer funds.