BORDER NEWS WATCH 9_27_12

 

 

See Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget Environment at bottom of this document

FAST AND FURIOUS NEWS

Barack Obama said 'Fast and Furious' began under the Bush administration

http://tinyurl.com/99s3kvy

Fast and Furious report merits swift action by Holder

http://tinyurl.com/92sdgcl

In Fast & Furious, common sense was a casualty

http://tinyurl.com/9dqcqvg

Fast and Furious report finds DOJ management failures

http://tinyurl.com/8m94r3s

Fast and Furious Killings, Lies and Obama White House Visitor Logs

http://tinyurl.com/c65hhok

Mexico analyzing U.S. probe on Fast and Furious


http://tinyurl.com/8lukxpt

Holder not off hook in 'Fast and Furious'

 

http://tinyurl.com/8q9rnhn

Wide Receiver ‘Good Samaritan’ clarifies role in OIG ‘gunwalking’ report


http://tinyurl.com/9qtmsvk

 

'Furious' report slams 'disregard' for public safety as DOJ officials quit


http://tinyurl.com/8adxtpg

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MEXICO: NEWS FROM SEDENA

 

The Scope Of The War

 

http://tinyurl.com/dynv3s2

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BORDER NEWS

FILM: St. Philip's to screen '389 Miles'

http://tinyurl.com/9bvrl9p

Pima County buys its 1st rescue helicopter

 

http://tinyurl.com/8uut32v

Proposition 120 would give AZ 'control' of US lands

http://tinyurl.com/9ytva3z
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DHS/DEA/CBP/ICE/BORDER PATROL NEWS

CBP Leaders Describe Progress on U.S.-Mexico Security

http://tinyurl.com/94zgs4m

America's Curiously Famous Drug-Smuggling Border Trap

http://tinyurl.com/9sqqxzq

Pot Smugglers Hide 754 lbs in Truck’s Gas Tank, Fenders, Door, Tailgate, Dash, Back Seat, etc…

http://tinyurl.com/8lbewuh

Citizens academy offered by Border Patrol

http://tinyurl.com/9agdcy8

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Diplomatic Security in Light of Benghazi

http://tinyurl.com/9paz37t

http://tinyurl.com/deh24a

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MEXIDATA

http://tinyurl.com/deh24a

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS

Republicans: DHS ‘attempting to conceal information from the
American people’ about immigrant welfare policies



http://tinyurl.com/bpwj6mz

Immigrant requests strain consulates, schools



http://tinyurl.com/9thw4aw

Protestors out in force as “Show-Me-Your-Papers” takes effect

http://tinyurl.com/926bydr

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CARTELS

Mexico nabs alleged crime lord known as ‘El Taliban’

http://tinyurl.com/8lmlnx6
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OTHER:



AMERICAN POLITICS

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book

http://tinyurl.com/bwmjg7q

MARS ROVER CURIOSITY NEWS

Earth's Most Mars-Like Places Could Hold Clues to Extraterrestrial Life

http://tinyurl.com/8hxn939

ChemCam: under the hood

http://tinyurl.com/93psx22

LUNAR RECONAISSANCE ORBITER NEWS



Scientists add 3-D twist to pictures from moon probe



http://tinyurl.com/8bw2745

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SUGGESTED READING - BORDER BOOK LIST:

SIXTY MILES OF BORDER: AN AMERICAN LAWMAN BATTLES DRUGS ON THE MEXICAN BORDER   by Terry Kirkpatrick

The SHADOW CATCHER: A U.S. AGENT INFILTRATES MEXICO'S DEADLY CRIME CARTELS  by Hipolito Acosta

BOOK: Beneath the Same Sky: An Interview with Author David Ramirez  http://tinyurl.com/8sxlanv

OTHER BOOKS TO CONSIDER:

Wolves At Our Door a novel by JPS Brown  (http://www.jpsbrown-horseman.com/works.htm)

Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives by Jose A. Rodriguez   

The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer

"Courting Disaster", How the CIA Kept America Safe (Regnery) by Marc Thiessen

NEW BOOK: No Easy Day by Mark Owen

2010 BOOK: Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol

http://tinyurl.com/9mja6wn

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ARCHIVE: PREVIOUS POSTS

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STRATEGY PAGE

http://tinyurl.com/92j3r
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CYBERSECURITY

Leave Your Cellphone at Home

http://tinyurl.com/bvxqhnq

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FAST AND FURIOUS ARCHIVE: PREVIOUS POSTS

Key Findings in OIG Fast and Furious Report

http://tinyurl.com/bq8b4zn

THE DOJ OIG REPORT: A REVIEW OF ATF's OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS
AND RELATED MATTERS

http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2012/s1209.pdf

FAST AND FURIOUS WEAPONS RECOVERIES:

http://tinyurl.com/ck37sel

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GRAPHIC: Patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border:

http://tinyurl.com/8do3gsd
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Graphic: Mexican drug cartels' spreading influence:

http://tinyurl.com/7flqqnb

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BORDER PATROL STRATEGIC PLAN

2012-2016: BORDER PATROL STRATEGIC PLAN- THE MISSION: PROTECT AMERICA

http://tinyurl.com/csqxply

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SELECTED WEBSITES OF INTEREST  
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WEBSITES: JPS BROWN

http://www.jpsbrown-horseman.com/works.htm

http://www.jps-brown.com/Biopage.html
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MICHAEL CUTLER

http://www.andmagazine.com/category/talk_border.html
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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS

http://nafbpo.org
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SOUTHERN ARIZONA CATTLEMEN'S WEEKLY

http://paper.li/sacpaaz/1331153423#
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HUMAN AND DRUG TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT MATTERS

www.Need2No.US
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NEWS AND DISCUSSION OF U.S./MEXICO BORDER ISSUES:

http://groups.google.com/group/frontera-list/topics
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SELECTED BORDER NEWS & FAST AND FURIOUS POSTINGS ON SACPA WEBSITE

http://www.sacpaaz.org/news_education/fast-and-furious-gun-walking-investigation/
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BORDER ISSUES: MEXICO

http://tinyurl.com/7wrpoof
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In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks
of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small
boldness is a hand to hold. -John Leonard, critic (1939-2008)

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24 September 2012

Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget Environment

 

Continuing Resolution

On September 22, 2012, Congress approved a Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR), H.J.RES.117, that fund federal programs from October 1, 2012 until March 27, 2013. The President is expected to sign the bill before the October 1st start of the 2013 Fiscal Year (FY 2013).

The CR continues funding at the current rate of operations for most federal agencies, programs and services with a government-wide, across-the-board increase of 0.6% over the base rate also included. The annualized level of the CR is $26.6 billion below last year’s appropriations, consistent with a spending level of $1.047 trillion that was set in the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal. An extension of the current pay freeze for federal employees is included to limit the overall spending level.

While the spending measure would hold the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to levels in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2012, it would also provide some measure of spending flexibility in disaster relief, border security and cybersecurity. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is provided flexibility to maintain current staffing levels.

§                                 According to Section 136A of the continuing resolution, Custom and Border Protection Salaries and Expenses Accounts “shall be obligated at the rate for operations necessary to maintain the staffing levels (including by backfilling vacant positions) of Border Patrol Agents, Officers, Customs and Border Protection Officers, and Air and Marine Interdiction Agents in effect at the fourth quarter of FY 2012, or with respect to Border Patrol agents, at such greater levels as may otherwise be required” in FY 2012 spending levels.

§                                 Customs and Border Protection is also required to provide a detailed expenditure plan for “Salaries and Expenses” at the program, project, and activity level within 15 days of enactment.

§                                 Additional funding and flexibility is also provided to sustain Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity efforts.

§                                 Infrastructure Protection and Information Security at the National Protection and Programs Directorate would receive $1.17 billion in the continuing resolution, which sets aside $328 million for Network Security Deployment and $218 million for Federal Network Security to establish and sustain essential cybersecurity activities such as procurement and operations of continuous monitoring and diagnostics systems and intrusion detection systems for civilian federal computer networks.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a DHS spending measure for FY 2013 in May but the full Senate failed to act on the bill.

OMB Report on Sequestration and the Department of Homeland Security

§                                 The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report providing an overview of the Obama administration’s plans for sequestration, which is set to cut the federal budget across the board beginning January 1, 2013.

§                                 Sequestration would cut $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget over 10 years.

§                                 The amount would be divided evenly between defense and non-defense accounts.

§                                 Most mandatory spending is exempt from sequestration or is subject a 2 percent limit on sequestration.

§                                 While the Department of Defense would be able to shift funds to ensure war fighting and critical military readiness capabilities were not degraded, sequestration would be destructive to national security, domestic investments, and core government functions.

§                                 The Department of Homeland Security funding faces the possibility of sequestration which would mandate a cut of 7.8%, or $4.068 billion, in FY 2013 spending at the department if Congress fails to act.

§                                 The largest Department of Homeland Security agencies would take the most significant hits under the sequestration plan with aviation security, immigration enforcement, border security and disaster relief losing roughly about half a billion each or more.

Effects of Sequestration at the Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

§                                 Customs and Border Protection would lose roughly $955 million overall.

§                                 Air and Marine Operations, Maintenance and Procurement would lose $41 million.

§                                 Border security, fencing, infrastructure and technology (BSFIT) would lose $33 million.

§                                 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) would lose $3 million.

§                                 The International Registered Traveler program would lose $1 million.

§                                 The number of Customs and Border Protection Agents and Officers would be reduced (along with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, correctional officers, and federal prosecutors that were in recent years increased in border states).

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

§                                 The Transportation Security Administration would lose $643 million under the sequestration plan.

§                                 The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) would be cut 8.2% by $79 million.

§                                 Aviation security spending would be cut $48 million between discretionary and mandatory spending.

§                                 Surface transportation security would be decreased by $11 million.

§                                 The Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialing (TTAC) program would lose $20 million.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

§                                 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would see a cut of $205 million.

§                                 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services automation modernization program would lose $1 million.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

§                                 The Federal Emergency Management Agency would lose a total of $878 million under the sequestration plan.

§                                 Disaster relief funding would take the biggest hit of $580 million.

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

§                                 The U.S. Coast Guard would lose $439 million under sequestration.

§                                 U.S. Coast Guard operating expenses would lose $297 million altogether; acquisition and construction, $115 million; and oil spill programs, $8 million.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

§                                 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would see a cut of $477 million in immigration enforcement efforts and its automation modernization program would lose $1 million.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)

§                                 The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center would lose $20 million in salaries and expenses and $3 million in acquisitions.

Possible Scenarios That Would Mean Avoiding Sequestration

§                                 Congress would need to pass a comprehensive and balanced deficit reduction package.

§                                 This plan would need to achieve at least the level of deficit reduction agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011 which cancels the sequestration.

§                                 Congress could exempt certain programs from sequestration.

§                                 Congress could repeal the sequestration provision from the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Relevant Links

§                                 Text of H.J.RES.117: Continuing Appropriates Resolution, 2013

§                                 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012