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Proposed Federal Funding for Biodefense Increases 4%--Targets Bioterrorism, Public Health, and Security Issues
New Rochelle, NY, June 24, 2010 —President Obama’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year provides for $6.48 billion in biodefense spending, a 4% increase over last year, with the vast majority of those funds targeting not only biodefense but also public health, health care, national security, and international security issues, as detailed in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.(www.liebertpub.com) The report, entitled “Federal Agency Biodefense Funding, FY2010-FY2011,” is available free online.
After yearly decreases in biodefense funding from fiscal year 2006 to 2008, the new proposed budget represents the third year of increases. The largest piece of the biodefense pie, $4.72 billion (73% of the total) will go to the Department of Health and Human Services, followed by the Department of Defense (12%), and the Department of Homeland Security (7%), with the remaining funds shared by the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and State, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation.
The authors note that of the $6.48 billion budget request, $5.90 billion–or 91%–is allocated to programs that have both biodefense and non-biodefense applications and that address a range of health and security issues.