Yesterday, in Washington-speak, was "budget day." The day that the President unveils his budget for the next fiscal year -- FY 2013. For agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this is the culmination of a process that began in November 2010, so it's a long time coming.
The President’s FY 2013 budget request for the Service is 1.5 billion, that’s $72 million more than the last fiscal year. As with all budgets, we had to make some tough choices when we made our request; tough as they were, in a time of fiscal austerity, our request reflects the good conservation work that we do. It also furthers our goal of transforming the agency to meet the many conservation challenges of the 21st century.
The Service’s budget includes an additional $4.0 million to support energy development including funding for enhanced studies of renewable energy projects, technical assistance in project design, and Endangered Species Act consultation. Photo: NOAA
As I said in my very first Tweet (yesterday I joined Twitter, you can follow me @DirectorDanAshe), the President’s request was good news for the Service and for conservation. If you’re interested, here’s more detail on the request.
If you can believe it, as the President unveiled this budget, we were already fast at work on the FY 2014 edition. And I'm getting briefings on proposed allocations for FY 2012 funding.
So yesterday was an intersection of 3 fiscal years: allocating 2012, proposing 2013, and formulating 2014. Is your head spinning yet? Mine was. It’s enough to make a biologist like me wish he'd taken a course or two in finance or accounting.
But since I didn't, this time of year, I'm thankful for good finance and budget professionals who did.
Talk to you soon.