United Press International - February 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- President Obama's State Department
and U.S. Agency for International Development budget is a
cost-efficient response to the department's needs, officials
"The request provides the most cost-efficient way to ensure
diplomats and development experts have the resources necessary to
address complex threats to our national security and promote our
economic renewal," the State Department said Monday in a release.
The $51.6 billion request for fiscal year 2013 includes $43.4
billion for the core budget that funds the long-term national
security mission of the State Department and USAID, and provides
$8.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to support the
extraordinary and temporary costs of civilian-led programs and
missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It supports Obama's new commitment to treat 6 million people with
HIV-AIDS by the end of 2013.
His blueprint also proposes a new Middle East and North Africa
Incentive Fund to "better position the United States to quickly
respond to dramatic changes in the region and incentivize
reforms," the State Department release said.
The budget proposal also recommends an 18 percent reduction for
Europe and Eurasia, limits the department's planned expansion of
the Foreign Services and delays by a year various overseas
construction project, among other things, the department said.
The budget proposal includes $4.8 billion for Iraq, $4.6 billion
for Afghanistan and $2.4 billion for Pakistan.
State Department officials said the budget proposal reflects more
than $100 million in savings through administrative reforms.