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House Budget Would All but Kill Off DHS Research Efforts

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November 17, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Financial
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The budget being proposed by the House for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is so bare bones it would essentially terminate most of the research and development in the department, the head of the division said Nov. 17.

“It is basically a decision not to have an S&T directorate,” Tara O’Toole, undersecretary of the division said of the proposed House cuts.

There is a point where DHS would no longer have a credible science and technology directorate, O’Toole testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee’s cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and security technology subcommittee.

The $398 million the House budget proposes for fiscal year 2012 would be a record low investment in R&D. Of that amount, more than half must be spent to maintain laboratories, and on other mandatory overhead. That leaves $106 million for discretionary R&D, amounting to an 80 percent cut over the last fiscal year, O’Toole said.

Half of the $106 million would be needed to pay for existing commitments and to shut down projects it could no longer afford.

via National Defense Magazine, continued here.