On Tuesday, May 23, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. Both the AFG and SAFER programs received modest proposed cuts from $345 million (FY 2017) to $344,344,000 (FY 2018) for each program. This represents a $656,000 cut or .1%.
The US Fire Administration under the President’s proposal would be funded at a reduced level of $41.913 million, down from $44 million (FY 2017); and the Urban Search and Rescue System would be funded at $27.513, down from $$38.23 million.
The State Homeland Security Grant Program would be funded at $349.36 million down 25% from its current level; and the Urban Area Security Initiative would receive $448.8 million, down 25%. Under both of these programs, grant recipients would be required to make a 25% match.
The GAC will follow closely the FY 2018 appropriations process and keep you informed on developments.