White House, Hill spar over Justice funds

The White House took a swipe at decisions by the House and Senate Appropriations committees that rejected administration recommendations for funding the Justice Department, the FBI and NASA, in a policy statement that covered some major IT projects.

The Office of Management and Budget earlier this month issued a Statement of Administration Policy on HR 2862, the appropriations bill for science, the Commerce, Justice and State departments, and related agencies.

OMB objected to the bill's $1.4 billion overall funding level, which would trickle down to many IT projects in federal civilian agencies and, via grants, to state and local agencies as well.

The SAP singled out the draft bill's reduction in funding for the multiagency Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-led office that maintains the Terrorist Screening Database watch list.

The bill is now headed for a vote on the Senate floor and a subsequent conference committee to resolve differences between the two chambers' versions of the legislation.

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