The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking a modest increase in its agency budget for the agency for fiscal year (FY) 2022, which begins on October 1st.
According to its “2022 Budget Estimates to Congress” submitted in late May, the Commission is seeking an approximately $8 million increase over its FY 2020 budget authority of $512 million, about 1.5%. The proposed budget reflects a decrease of nearly $6 million in costs related to the Commission’s spectrum auction programs, which is offset by a nearly $14 million increase in other areas.
The FCC has also proposed increasing its workforce by about 5%, from 1472 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in FY 2021 to 1550 FTEs in FTE 2022.
In its report, the Commission also identified five strategic goals for the agency for FY 2022. These include:
- Pursue a “100 percent” broadband policy
- Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
- Empower consumers
- Enhance public safety and national security
- Advance America’s global competitiveness