The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget: Department of Justice

March 11, 2014

FY 2015 Total Request: $ 27.4 billion [FY 2014 Enacted: $27.3 billion – a increase of 0.4 percent]

  • FY 2015 adds 580 positions, with core programs of law enforcement and litigation receiving additional funds of $17 million and $83 million, respectively. However, even while the entire budget increases by 0.4%, the budget reduced funds for the prison and detention program and state and local assistance funds are reduced by $11 million.

Law Enforcement: FY 2015: $13.266 billion [$13.249 billion for law enforcement components – the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Marshals — in FY 2014, a change of .1 percent or $17 million]

  • FBI: $8.347 billion [FY 2014: $8.343 billion – less than .1 percent increase]
  • DEA: $2.018 billion [FY 2014: $2.018 billion – no change in funding level]
  • ATF: $1,201 billion [FY 2014: $1.179 billion – a 1.9 percent increase]
  • S. Marshal Service: $2.790 billion [FY 2014: $2.728 billion – a 2.3 percent increase] The department is focusing on the following priorities for 2015:
    • The USMS will continue to commit significant base resources to Southwest border activities. Main priorities include addressing the violence along the Southwest border, enforcing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, improving courthouse security, witness security and conducting detention operations.
  • Federal Prisoner Detention: 31.8 million. These funds are requested to cover housing, medical and transportation costs for the USMS detainee population. The majority of the funds, 20 million, are appropriated for state and local law enforcement assistance.
    • The Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) has been folded into the larger transportation budget.
    • The department projects a 59,949 thousand detention population in FY 2015. It will continue to target detention efficiencies, including any potential improvements to the prisoner transportation system.
  • USMS Construction Costs: $9.8 million [FY 2014: $9.8 million – funding remains same. Renovation and securing federal courthouse and other USMS facilities are first priorities for the office

U.S. Attorneys: $1.955 billion [FY 2014: $1.944 billion – a 0.6 percent increase] includes an addition of 21 positions (13 general and 8 attorneys).

  • Increased Southwest border enforcement initiatives require continued efforts of United States Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country to enforce immigration laws and combat and deter Southwest border-related crime. This is especially important with regard to investigations of cross border drug trafficking and gun violence.

Interagency Crime and Drug Enforcement, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces: $505 million [FY 2014: $514.0 million – a 1.8 percent decrease] Includes resources for direct investigative, intelligence and support activities for disruption and dismantlement of the highest level drug-trafficking and money laundering organizations and includes participation by ICE.

Civil Rights Division: $161.881 million [FY 2014: $144.173 million – a 12.3 percent increase] The Civil Rights Division enforces the nation’s civil rights laws, including civil rights violations associated with human trafficking, hate crimes and police misconduct. Proposed funding is at the same level as FY13.

Community Relations Service: $12.972 million [FY 2014: $12.0 million – an 8.1 percent increase] CRS provides assistance to state and local communities in the prevention and resolution of tension, violence and civil disorders relating to actual or perceived discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. Works with communities to prevent and respond to hate crimes and address tension associated with alleged discrimination.

Executive Office for Immigration Review: $347.154 million [FY 2014: $312.2 million –an 11.2 percent increase] The FY 2014 Enacted and FY 2015 request include an annual $4 million transfer from the DHS Immigration Fee Account to EOIR. EOIR contains 59 Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals and adjudicates all deportation hearings and subsequent administrative appeals hearings. The increase includes $20.9 million in program changes aimed at decreasing the department’s case backlog which has grown by 56% since 2009.

  • Legal Orientation Program: $7.2 million [FY 2014: $4.4 million – a 63.6 % increase of $2.8 million to expand grants to non-profit organizations to provide “know your rights” presentations at six additional immigration detention centers. This successful program leads to efficiencies through more informed decisions by respondents in immigration court, and allows EOIR to keep pace with its increasing workload and continued DHS enforcement. The requested $2.8 million increases will respond to elevated demand at existing sites and add 12 additional sites to the 31 expected to be operational by end of FY 2014.
  • Immigration Judge Teams: $17.0 million In anticipation of increased case load EOIR requests 35 new immigration judges 53 new attorneys, and other staff to bring total staffing levels to 1,793 FTEs.
  • Pilot – Innovation Ideas: $5.824 million. [$3 million enacted in FY 2014 – a 52% increase] This is a new program to enable EOIR to continue the development and expansion of this program to provide counsel to vulnerable populations, such as unaccompanied alien children, thus increasing efficiencies within the immigration courts. 

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: $0 [FY 2014 enacted funds were $180 million – program funding eliminated] This program is part of the Office of Justice Programs, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance and provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional costs for incarcerating undocumented immigrants. In the past Congress has not approved the elimination (or reduction) in funding for this program.

Victims of Trafficking grant program: $10.45 million [$14.25 million enacted in FY 2014 – a 27% reduction] Housed under the Office of Justice Programs, this program empowers local law enforcement to better identify and rescue trafficking victims. The decrease in funding is due to the implementation of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Violence Against Women Act: $422.5 million [FY 2014 Enacted: $417 milliona 1.3 percent increase] The request provides funding for an additional 70 FTEs.

  • Legal Assistance to Victims Program: $42.5 million [FY 14 Enacted: $37 million] to enhance safety for victims and their dependent children.
  • Campus Violence Program: $11 million [FY 14 Enacted: $9 million] to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus.
  • Grants to Support Families in the Justice System (Safe Havens/Court Training Consolidation): $16 million [FY 14 Enacted: $15 million]
  • Transitional Housing: $25 million [FY 14 Enacted: $24.750 million] to help victims rebuild their lives and find safe housing.
  • FY 2015 Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, includes targeted investments for state and local justice assistance grants, with additional investments for Office of Violence Against Women