>>> Guest post contributed by Chris Grady, Federal Analyst
On Friday, April 15, President Obama signed a compromise fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution bill, ending the long-running debate on federal funding for the remainder of the current budget year.
The compromise bill cuts $38.5 billion from Fiscal Year 2010 enacted levels, including significant cuts to infrastructure and in additional road and bridge investments from FY10.
The following highlights some areas of interest to the A/E/C industy:
Federal Highway Administration:
$41.1 billion for highways and bridges, which would be the same level of funding as the FY10 enacted level. The funding level includes a decrease of $650 million in additional road and bridge investments from FY10. It also rescinds $630 million in earmark funding that is over 13 years old and $2.5 billion from unobligated balances of highway contract authority. The TIGER Grant program would receive $528 million, $72 million below FY 10 enacted levels.
The FAA would receive $16 billion, $357 million above FY 2010. The Airport Improvement Program would receive $3.5 billion, the same level that was enacted in the FY 2010 budget. However, the Facilities and Equipment Account would see a decrease of $202 million, to $2.7 billion.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
$4.9 billion- a decrease of $528 million from the FY 2010 enacted level of $5.4 billion. The significant cuts are as follows:
- General Investigations would receive $127 million, $33 million below FY 2010.
- Construction funding would receive $1.793 billion, $238 million below FY 2010.
- The Mississippi River and Tributaries would receive $264 million, $76 million below FY 2010.
- Operations and Maintenance would receive $2.371 billion, $30 million below FY 2010.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
$8.83 billion- a decrease of $1.49 billion from FY 2010. The distribution of funds among major programs of the agency is:
- $2.49 billion for water and sewer infrastructure and other infrastructure improvement activities. The bill will fund more than 860 water and sewer projects for communities nationwide and includes:
- $1.525 billion for sewer system improvements through the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund program, $575 million below FY 2010 enacted levels.
- $965 million for drinking water system improvements through the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund program, $415 million below FY 2010 enacted levels.
$1.283 billion for Superfund programs and activities, $217 million below FY 2010 enacted levels.