House cuts irk administration

OMB Statement of Administration Policy

Related Links

H.R. 2799

The Bush administration this week said it was disappointed that the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut funding for proposed e-government programs in the Commerce Department.

In a statement July 22, the Office of Management and Budget criticized changes the committee made to the White House's 2004 funding proposal for the departments of Commerce, Justice, State and related agencies.

The committee cut more than $4 million that Commerce officials hoped to use for e-government initiatives, information security and protection of important facilities. Administration officials also said it was disappointed that the committee provided no funding for e-government at the Patent and Trademark Office and did not approve a request to raise patent fees to pay for those efforts.

The officials also criticized committee members' decision to turn down a plan to reduce Justice's budget lines. For example, the administration wants to refashion the FBI's budget into four major areas, down from the 10 programs it currently uses for classifying spending. Officials say this makes it easier for sections within Justice to share projects, such as information technology programs, and link the performance of programs in those four functions to future funding decisions.

The Senate has not yet started work on this appropriations bill.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.