FCC 2016 Budget Proposal Seeks Increase For Moving Expenses
February 4, 2015 at 4:09 AM (PT)
The FCC's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget looks for $388 million, with over 90% of the increase from 2015 representing funds needed to move to new headquarters or "restacking" the current facility as the Commission's lease expires. Also leading to increases are requests to upgrade IT and other projects.
The Commission claims that moving or restacking its headquarters will lead to $119 million in savings over 15 years, and upgrading its IT infrastructure will realize $2-3 million in savings by fiscal year 2017 and $5-10 million more in savings over the following five years.
Other "critical" needs, the Commission says, include an increase in the Inspector General's budget for staffing and contractor support, funding for the Do-Not-Call registry to cover numbers used by Public Safety Answering Points, and activities related to the National Broadband Map. The proposal also seeks an increase in the cap on spending auction proceeds to $117 million; it also includes the Administration's addition of spectrum license user fees, phased in over time, but does not specify who would pay or what the fee structure would be.
The budget proposal lists four "strategic goals" for the Commission: promoting economic growth and national leadership, protecting public interest goals, making networks work for everyone, and promoting operational excellence.
See the proposal by clicking here.