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Trump Budget Calls for Massive Cuts

The big news today is the release of President Donald Trump’s budget recommendations, which as currently drafted would have a sizable impact on both federal agencies and state governments. The budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion, and would cut budgets at 18 other agencies, including eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Environmental Protection Agency would see its budget cut by 31%, with some 3,200 positions eliminated. Many programs that states rely on would also see cuts.

DHS Expands the Notion of What the Border Wall Could Be

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency within the Department of Homeland Security has extended the timeline for accepting bids to build the wall along the Mexican border, and “changed the course” of the project, according to GovExec. “The updated notice indicates some mission drift at the Department of Homeland Security,” the reporter writs. “Now, the agency is asking for two designs: one for a wall, and one for not-a-wall.” The presolicitation notice now looks for two different approaches: “one focused on concrete designs, and one focused on other designs.”

DHS to Experience Budget Bump for Cybersecurity

While many agencies would see large budget cuts, the president’s budget does increase the Department of Homeland Security’s budget by $2.8 billion, or about 7%, in large part to help increase the cybersecurity budget. That increase includes $1.5 billion for the department’s cybersecurity efforts. “Through a suite of advanced cybersecurity tools and more assertive defense of government networks, DHS would share more cybersecurity incident information with other federal agencies and the private sector, leading to faster responses to cybersecurity attacks directed at federal networks and critical infrastructure,” the budget states.

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