Science & Technology Directorate spending would increase by an inflation-adjusted 22.8 percent under the White House fiscal 2013 budget proposal transmitted Feb. 13 to Congress.
The directorate would see funding under the budget proposal go down for some efforts, notably the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, for which the proposal requests no money at all.
NBAF is envisioned as a Biosafety Level 4 (the most dangerous possible) laboratory for the study of animal diseases and a replacement for the existing Plum Island Animal Disease Center, which is located off of Long Island, N.Y. The Plum Island center, a biosafety level 3 facility, is nearing the end of its usefulness, according to the Homeland Security Department. The department selected Manhattan, Kan., in December 2008 as the NBAF site; however, the DHS congressional fiscal 2013 budget justification states that DHS this year intends “to conduct a comprehensive assessment of whether and for what purpose a BSL 4 facility should be stood up.”
via Fierce Homeland Security, continued here.