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Federal Biodefense Spending Continues to Rise

FY2007 Budget Increases Spending by $112 Million

JUNE 23, 2006 – Baltimore, MD – Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent substantial resources to prepare the nation against a bioterrorist attack. For the past several years, the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has analyzed government spending on biosecurity. In an article to be published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, authors Clarence Lam, Crystal Franco, and Ari Schuler update the figures for 2007 and look at where the money is going.

The article analyzes the budgets for FY2007 for biodefense at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of State. Among the findings:

  • The President’s overall FY2007 budget request for civilian biodefense totals $5.24 billion. This is $112 million more than was requested in FY2006, with funding increased for most agencies involved in civilian biodefense.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is the chief recipient of biodefense monies (82%) and also received the largest increase in funding over the previous year.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is budgeted to receive $180 million less than in FY2006, a decrease of about 31%, due mainly to a one-time supplemental budget allocation in FY2006 for Hurricane Katrina response.

 “Billions for Biodefense: Federal Agency Biodefense Funding, FY2006–FY2007” by Clarence Lam, Crystal Franco, and Ari Schuler appears in the June 2006 issue of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. The full text is available by contacting Molly D’Esopo at molly_desopo@upmc-biosecurity.org.

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