Thursday, February 4, 2010

FCC Budget for FY 2011 Rises to $352.5 Million

The FCC requested a budget of $352.5 million for FY 2011.

This compares with $335 million appropriated for FY 2010 and $342 million appropriated for 2009. There are 1,980 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions in the FY 2011 budget compared with 1,905 FTEs in FY 2010 and 1,810 FTEs in FY 2009.
The FY 2010 Appropriation for the FCC authorized $335.8 million in the collection of regulatory fees. The FY 2011 budget proposes an increase to regulatory fees to a level of $351.5 million.

The FCC said its FY 2011 budget proposal would cover these special initiatives, in addition to its regular work:

  • Continuing the work of the National Broadband Plan and broadband map;
  • Implementation of a spectrum inventory initiative and emergency response interoperability

  • State-of-the-art consumer information programs, seizing the opportunities provided by new
    media and advanced information technology;

  • New investment in the people and technology necessary to overhaul the agency's antiquated
    systems for data collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination;

  • New expertise and new tools required to ensure that the FCC is able to be a model of
    excellence, openness, and transparency domestically and internationally.

  • Mandatory increases in salaries and benefits and inflationary increases for contractual services.