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Analysis of the FY2011 International Affairs Budget Request February 11, 2010

Posted by Rebecca Williams in Analysis.
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The Stimson Center has just released a report on the FY 2011 International Affairs Budget Request. Below are the highlights or you can access the entire analysis here.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE

FY 2011 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUDGET REQUEST

-February 2010-

Joseph C. Whitehill, Analyst

The Obama Administration has requested $58.51 billion for International Affairs in its Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) budget request.  This request is a $6.08 billion increase, or 12 percent, over FY 2010 enacted appropriations.

The administration is separately seeking $4.46 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations in the current fiscal year (FY 2010) for programs and State Department operating expenses in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  If the FY 2010 supplemental is passed as requested, the FY 2011 budget request would provide a $1.9 billion increase, or 3 percent, over the FY 2010 enacted totals.

The Stimson Center has analyzed this request, with the following highlights:

–          The President has designated the Department of State and other foreign assistance programs as security-related and therefore exempt from a freeze on discretionary spending.

–          In the FY 2011 request, total Economic/Development Assistance would increase by $2.1 billion or 10 percent over the FY 2010 enacted level; Policy-Driven Economic assistance would increase by $1.5 billion, or 21 percent; and Security Assistance would increase by $1.5 billion, or 17 percent.

–          The more rapid rates of growth for Security Assistance and Policy-Driven Economic Assistance is driven partly by the fact that some programs previously funded through the DOD budget would now be funded through the State Department, large security-related programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

–          Funds for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq constitute 64 percent of the $7.8 billion FY 2011 request for Economic Support Funds (ESF).

–          In last year’s budget request, the administration committed itself to doubling foreign assistance between FY 2008 and FY 2015.  In this new budget request, the goal of doubling foreign assistance would remain, but its achievement would be deferred for at least one year, possibly two.

–          The State Department is asking for authority to retain and spend all passport and consular fees, providing a new stream of funding for the department outside of the regular appropriations process.

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