Posts Tagged 'FY 2011'

Dept of Education eliminates funding for school libraries in FY 2011

The Department of Education had 30 days to finalize their budget allocation.  The report released on May 16th indicates that funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program was zeroed out for the rest of FY 2011.  This eliminates the sole source of federal funding for school libraries and a means to provide students with up-to-date books and technology, as well as certified school librarians.  For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

Advertisements

IMLS releases budget plan for FY 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the specifics of its budget based on the total funding allocated in HR 1473, the bill that will fund the federal government through the end of FY 2011.  Some of the funding items are:

  • IMLS received $237.8 million in funding.  It lost $28 million in funding, plus another $16 million in earmarks.
  • The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will be funded at $189 million—a $24.5 million cut.
  • The Grants to States section (state population-based grants within LSTA) will be funded at $160 million–a $12.5 million cut.
  • The Laura Bush 21st Century Library Professionals program was cut 47.7% to $12.8 million.

As we move on to the FY 2012 budget, it will be very important to express the importance of funding for libraries.

For more information, including an allocation table , please see the District Dispatch posting.

FY 2011 federal budget may impact government resources

The ALA Washington Office, based on a report from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has identified some additional cuts to the FY 2011 budget that impact government resources used by libraries:

  • The Library of Congress (LOC) received a cut of 2%, or $13.4 million.  This will require a hiring freeze and potential delays in services and products.
  • The Government Printing Office (GPO) will be flat funded at $135.3 million and should be able to maintain existing operations.
  • The General Services Administration (GSA) was cut by almost $1 billion.  No decisions have been made yet, but this cut could reduce their e-government funding for sites such as Data.gov.

For more details on these cuts and their impact, see the District Dispatch posting.

Now is a great time to invite members of Congress to visit Maryland’s libraries to see firsthand what libraries do.  Additionally, grassroots efforts will be even more important as debate begins on the FY 2012 budget.  Updates will be posted to this blog.

FY 2011 federal budget includes IMLS cuts, ILTSL uncertainty

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office has examined the FY 2011 budget, which is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.  They found two disappointing items: 

  • IMLS cut – The Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) was cut by $28 million, bringing the total funding down to $237.8 million.  It is unknown where within IMLS these cuts will be made.
  • ILTSL – The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program is not listed in the budget bill (HR 1473).  This means that the Department of Education will have 30 days to submit an operating plan or expenditure for school libraries.

No amendments are expected to be introduced before Thursday’s vote and the bill is expected to pass.  At this point, the strategy of the ALA Washington Office will be to focus on maintaining or increasing funding for libraries in the FY 2012 budget.

Thank you to everyone who took action to advocate for library funding in the FY 2011 budget.  Grassroots efforts will be even more important as debate begins on the FY 2012 budget.  Further updates will be posted to this blog.

For additional comments, please see the District Dispatch posting.

Congress reaches agreement on budget, avoids federal government shutdown

Late Friday night, Congress reached an agreement on the federal budget for FY 2011.  Congress passed another Continuing Resolution (CR) that will last through most of next week.   President Obama signed this CR that avoided a government shutdown that would have begun when the previous CR expired at midnight on Friday, April 8th.  This new CR will give Congress enough time to finalize the budget for the rest of the fiscal year.  It is unclear at this time if this compromise budget impacts libraries.

Continuing Resolution keeps federal government funded until April 8th

On Friday, President Obama signed another Continuing Resolution (CR) that was passed earlier in the week by the House and then the Senate.  This bill will fund the federal government until April 8th and is the sixth CR for the FY 2011 budget year.  The bill includes $6 billion in cuts, but it does not appear that the cuts impact the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) or Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.  Both houses of Congress are in recess for the next week.

Continuing Resolution extends federal budget until March 18th

A Continuing Resolution (CR) passed in both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the president on Wednesday.  The CR keeps the federal government funded for another two weeks until March 18th, avoiding a federal government shut down and allowing more time for Congress to pass a budget for the rest of FY 2011.  The CR does include $4 billion in cuts, but they do not affect funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) or Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The Senate is still working on their own verso i the CR that was passed by the House to fund the federal government until September 30th, the end of FY 2011.  It is still important to contact Senators and ask them to maintain the 2010 funding for both LSTA and the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program.  See the earlier blog posting for information on the Action Alert.



%d bloggers like this: