FCC FY2013 Budget Request Submitted to Congress
The FCC has asked Congress to approve a fiscal year
2013 budget of $346.78 million. That compares to the actual $339.8 million the
agency received for fiscal 2012.
agency’s budget request is part of President Obama’s total budget
submission of $3.8 trillion for FY2013, which begins Oct. 1.
If approved as is by Congress, there would be 141
new FCC staff members, bringing the total to 1,917 over the current 1,776; the
number of full-time staffers at the Media Bureau would increase from 197 to
213. The Enforcement Bureau would go from 276 to 299 and the Office of
Engineering & Technology would increase from the current 81 to 87
Part of the money would be used for eight new
vehicles and to replace obsolete signal analysis equipment with new direction-finding
and wireless monitoring gear in those vehicles, which field agents use to detect
unauthorized transmissions and resolve interference issues.
The commission would also have new authority to
set user fees on unauctioned spectrum licenses as a spectrum management tool.
Fees would be phased in over time to determine the appropriate application and
the monetary amount. The agency tentatively plans to begin levying such fees
this year, and estimate those could total $4.8 billion through 2022.