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2018 Proposed EPA Budget

President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018 entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness” would fund EPA at $5.7 billion – a more than 30 percent decrease from the current funding of approximately $8 billion.

This decrease would reduce civil and criminal enforcement by 18 and 16.5 percent, respectively. EPA’s FY18 Budget in Brief provides more details on proposed budget allocations and priorities.  The President’s budget is certain to face steep opposition in Congress, which has until Sept. 30, 2017, to pass a budget for FY18, although this timeline will likely be extended using continuing resolutions.

EPA Administrator Pruitt testified at a congressional hearing recently – explaining the policy basis for the proposed cut in EPA’s numbers (operating dollars and workforce).  He talked about a renewed emphasis on cooperative federalism and refocusing EPA’s activity on statutory requirements, thereby reducing spending on the agency’s voluntary and other non-core mission programs.

At the hearing, a senior Republican committee member said:

“I can assure you, you are going to be the first EPA administrator that has come before this committee in eight years that actually gets more money than they asked for.”

EPA’s Budget History & Proposed 2018 Budget

Dollars in Billions      $7.6      $10.3   $8.7     $8.5     $7.9     $8.2     $8.1     $8.1     $8.2     $5.7

Year                            2009     2010   2011    2012    2013    2014    2015    2016    2017    2018

2018 Proposed Budget

Notes: FY 2009 Enacted excludes ARRA funding. FY 2013 Enacted excludes Hurricane Sandy Relief supplemental funding. FY 2017 is reported at the Annualized Continuing Resolution funding level.  FY 2018 President’s Budget Request includes a proposed $369 M cancellation of funds

EPA’s Full Time Employees (FTE) Ceiling History

17,252     17,417     17,494    17,055    16,201    15,521    15,335    15,376    15,416   11,611

2009        2010        2011       2012       2013        2014       2015       2016      2017        2018

2018 Proposed FTE

*FTE (Full Time Equivalent) = one employee working full time for a full year (52 weeks X 40 hours = 2,080 hours), or the equivalent number of hours worked by several part-time or temporary employees.

See source for more details – https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-05/documents/fy-2018-budget-in-brief.pdf

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