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Cave Management: Linking Land Use Planning to Budgeting$$$$$$$$$$
What Does the BLM Budget Look Like? Context of the Federal Budget • 2013: Previous Year • 2014: Current Year • 2015: Budget Year • 2016: Program Year • 2017: Out Years Why important: Administration Proposes, and Congress Disposes.
Budget is Complex?!! FY 2013 Previous Year Source: BLM (WO 800) FY 2014 Current Year FY 2015 Budget Year FY 2016 Program Year FY 2017 Out Years Dream Time
What the Budget Look Like to the Field? • Context of the Federal Budget • 2014: Current Year • AWP, Congress has spoken. No big increases. BPS Projects for Next Year This will go away !! • 2015: Budget Year Budget Justifications • Budget has been decided by administration, but congress hasn’t approved. Add ons, Line items, and Anti-deficiency problems. • 2016: Program Year • The budget is being put together. Opportunities for initiatives and increases. Has to be in big chunks ($500,000) Look into the future, line up external support. Hope • 2017: Out Years: • Opportunities to line up external support.
Tie Funding Proposals to Current Budget Initiatives: $ Opportunity $ Current Budget Initiatives (FY 2014) High • Visitor Safety/Services • Travel & Transportation Mgmt. • Recreation Permit & Fee Program • Applied Science Medium • Youth • Wild & Scenic River Management • National Scenic & Historic Trails Low = Forget it Source: Internet, 6/1/2007
What’s in the 2014 BLM Budget: • 536 pages. • Total BLM Budget: $1,105,000,000 (That’s billion) • Operating Accounts: Recreation Program ($51,819,000) • Increase of $2,745,000 from FY2012 • Problems: Fixed Costs, Pay raises, Personnel reductions, Admin. initiatives • How much for caves? • Recreation, Cultural, Wildlife, Oil & Gas
What’s in the 2015 BLM Budget: • Budget Request 1.1Billion • Decrease of $5.6 Million • Personnel Reduction 144 FTE • Recreation? +1,325 Million • Priority Initiatives: America’s Great Outdoors and Youth Programs (Hire students to find caves) Look at other program initiatives that fit • How much for caves? That’s up to you
Program Year (FY16) Budget Process Concept of Implementation Plans • Take the land use plan decisions and integrate into program year processes. • Highly Variable • Program specific versus land use plan specific. (BLM funds programs, not plans) • Highly dependent on Initiative and close coordination with Washington & State Office.
Program Year Budget: the Field Context • Problems/issues that require budget resources to resolve • Link to administration initiatives: Look to opportunities • In FY 2016, it may be AGO or Youth Initiatives: How can cave and karst resources relate to this? • Cultural initiatives • Recreation Initiatives • Wildlife - T&E Initiatives, WNS • Oil and Gas BMPs, conflict resolution process • GET SUPPORT OF PARTNERS • NSS, NLCS, Wildlife partners, others
$ How to Get Budget Resources $ • Be observant of opportunities to link to initiatives. • Work with your Program Leads (No Matter What Program: Wildlife, Cultural, Recreation, NLCS, Oil and Gas, etc.) • Have your needs pre-packaged, & ready to go. Make sure it fits one or two pages, with pictures. • Generate external support. (Not budget busting, but awareness.)
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