FCC releases proposed 2012 budget

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking a 5% increase in its overall spending authority in fiscal year 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011.

In its Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Estimates submitted to Congress in February 2011, the FCC is seeking just over $354 million, an increase of $18.4 million, or 5.47%, over Fiscal Year 2011. Projected staffing of the Commission will remain roughly the same, with just over the equivalent of 1900 full-time employees.

The major increases in the proposed budget include funding for new program initiatives, including Commission-wide information technology programs ($5.7 million), high-speed broadband initiatives ($4.9 million), and public-safety related efforts ($1.85 million).  The other significant budget increase proposed is $3.2 million to support 19 full-time employees engaged in audits and other investigative activities on behalf of the Commission.

Read the complete text of the FCC’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2012.



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