Capability Statements

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Originating Office
Division of Budget and Performance

Prepare capability statements for all Service accounts except Land Acquisition (see Exhibit 3) and Construction (see Exhibits 4 and 5) as shown in this exhibit. Each capability statement will contain a proper heading and the following sections :

1. Proposed Amendment. The Division of Budget will provide the Regional or Headquarters office with an excerpt or a precise summary of the proposed amendment.

2. Current Program. This section gives a brief description of the current activities associated with the proposed amendment. Do not describe the broader program that includes the proposed amendment. For example, the brown tree snake control program is funded within the Service's Fish and Wildlife Assistance program. If the proposed amendment is for brown tree snake control, the current program description would relate specifically to the current brown tree snake program, not the broader Fish and Wildlife Assistance program.

3. Amount Budgeted. Include the amounts budgeted for the proposed program in the current year and the budget year.

4. Feasibility. In this section, address the practicality of the requested budget amendment, such as the Service's legal authority to carry out the proposed project, the viability or efficacy of the proposed project to resolve the problem, and the anticipated impact of the proposed project on other program priorities. If another Federal agency has the legal authority and technical capacity to perform the proposed project, explain in this section. If appropriate, the Service may state that it considered the proposal and explain why the proposal was not included in its budget. The Department requires the following statement for all proposals that deviate from the President's budget:

This program increase was not included in the President's Budget and is not a priority of the Department. The Department does not support the addition of funds for any purpose that would result in reductions of programs or projects included in the Budget.

5. Capability. In this section, describe how the Service would use the additional funds, if made available, for the proposed project. This may include a contract or cooperative agreement with another organization. Describe the expected products or accomplishments with a particular emphasis on the project's relationship to strategic goals, objectives, and program performance measures. Describe the proposed project schedule, completion date, estimated total costs, and future budget requirements .

6. Outlay Effect. A display of the anticipated outlays by fiscal year resulting from the proposed budget amendment is required. A standard outlay rate based on historical averages is used because of timing uncertainties in the outlay of funds. The Division of Budget will use the following established outlay rates:

Resource Management80-20Rhino & Tiger Fund - Appropriation70-30
Construction20-55-25NAWCF Appropriation70-30
NRDAR70-30Multinational Species Conservation Fund80-20
Land Acquisition45-45-10NWRF - Appropriation100
CESCF-Appropriation10-45-45WCAF - Appropriation70-30


Department of the Interior

Agency/Bureau: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fiscal Year: 1998

Appropriation: Resource Management

Activity/Subactivity: Fisheries/Fish and Wildlife Management

Proposed Amendment: The Committee is urged "…to maintain the requested $1 million increase, and add to that $2.9 million as suggested by the Interior Department's Brown Tree Snake Control Committee in order\ to fully implement the Brown Tree Snake Control Plan. In addition, this $3.9 million increase should come from the existing budget of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). This would ensure that increases to this important program do not come at the expense of the territories, but out of the agency with primary jurisdiction and experience with wildlife issues. FWS would be a far more appropriate administrator of the snake program than the office which administers technical assistance and other grants to the territories."

Current Program: The Fish and Wildlife Service chairs the intergovernmental Brown Tree Snake Control Committee that prepared the BTS Control Plan required by Section 1209 of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (16 U.S.C. 4728). The objectives of the Plan, which was approved by the ANS Task Force in June 1996, include: 1) preventing the spread of BTS to other Pacific islands and the U.S. mainland, including eradicating or containing new populations as soon as detected; 2) developing and implementing environmentally sound strategies and methods to reduce BTS populations on Guam; 3) protecting endangered species and other wildlife from BTS predation; and, 4) assisting organizations and individuals on Guam manage and control BTS and their impacts.

Presently, the Service is coordinating implementation of the approved BTS Control Plan that is funded by several Federal agencies including the Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Office of Insular Affairs in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense. In FY 1997, $2.6 million is being provided by these cooperating agencies. The Service's current funding of $75,000 is used for overall coordination as well as the protection and restoration of native birds, including the Mariana crow, Guam rail, and other wildlife resources. In FY 1998, the President's budget request totals $3.6 million, including increases of $117,000 and $1.0 million for the Service and the Office of Insular Affairs, respectively.

Amount Budgeted in FY:      FY 1997: $75,000/0 FTE
                                            FY 1998: $192,000/1 FTE

Feasibility: This proposal would earmark $3.9 million within the Service's FY 1998 appropriation and require the Service to reallocate over $3.7 million from other ongoing, priority programs, particularly fisheries activities on the West Coast. Efforts in connection with diminishing native fish stocks, including threatened and endangered salmon, would have to be halted to accommodate the proposed funding increase for implementing the BTS Control Plan.

This program increase was not included in the President's Budget and is not a priority of the Department. The Department does not support the addition of funds for any purpose that would result in reductions of programs or projects included in the Budget.

Capability: If the Service had to make the full $3.9 million available for brown tree snake control in FY 1998, the funds would be used to: 1) increase detection and exclusion of BTS from seaports and airports on Guam; 2) assist the Government of Guam in the creation of additional snake-free habitat for nesting Mariana crows and the reintroduction of endangered Guam rail; 3) establish operational detection and eradication capabilities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and 4) enhance BTS detection capabilities in the State of Hawaii.

The Service would work closely with agencies of the Government of Guam and other affected jurisdictions in administering the program. Service policy and practice is to cooperate fully with jurisdictions involved with shared resource issues such as BTS; hence, neither an appropriations bill nor report language dictating a cooperative approach is necessary.

Outlay Effect:   FY 1998: +$3,120,000
                        FY 1999: +$780,000