The Department of the Interior, in its entirety, requested approximately $10.7 billion for fiscal year (FY) 09; with $6 billion in permanent funding carried through current legislation, the total 2009 budget for Interior would be $16.7 billion. The request, according to the Interior Budget in Brief, is essentially flat when compared to FY 08. Priorities for Interior in the upcoming fiscal year in order of importance include: serving communities; resource protection; recreation and improved access to recreational opportunities; resource use and the ability to help provide energy security for the country; and management excellence.
Within Interior, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) would receive $969 million; $38 million below the FY 2008 enacted budget and $6.4 million below the 2008 President’s budget request. Of significance in the USGS budget, biological research would receive $180.3 million, slightly above the level enacted in FY 08 appropriations, yet below the FY 08 budget request ($181.1 million). Biological research and monitoring would receive $145 million, of which $4.5 million would be allocated for the Healthy Lands and Birds initiatives. Of note, the National Biological Infrastructure Initiative (known as NBII) would experience a $2.9 million reduction, a significant cut for USGS biological information management and delivery. The total amount allocated to information management would then total $19.6 million, compared to $22 million enacted in FY 08. Cooperative Research Units would be cut by $764,000, bringing the requested amount in FY 09 to $15.4 million.
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