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The White House Briefing Room


January 22, 1999

FACT SHEET

                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release                                    January 22, 1999


                                FACT SHEET

                     Funding for Domestic Preparedness
                  and Critical Infrastructure Protection

The President's Fiscal Year 2000 budget includes requests for $2.849
billion for critical infrastructure protection, computer security, and
domestic preparedness against a weapons of mass destruction attack.

The budget request also proposes $7.162 billion for conventional
counter-terrorism security programs.

Domestic Preparedness against Weapons of Mass Destruction

In May 1999 the President proposed adding $300 million for a new weapons of
mass destruction domestic preparedness program.  As a result, the 1999
enacted level was $1.281 billion.  The President?s FY 2000 funding request
for countering the threat of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction
continues and expands the program to $1.385 billion.

The FY 2000 request would include increases of $30 million above the
previous level for research into new vaccines and medicines, an additional
$15 million to fund Public Health Surveillance to detect an attack, and an
additional $13 million to create new metropolitan medical response teams.

Highlights of the FY 2000 budget include:

$52 million to continue procurement of a national stockpile of specialized
medicines to protect the civilian population

$611 million for training and equipping emergency personnel in U.S. cities,
planning and exercising for weapons of mass destruction contingencies and
strengthening public health infrastructure.

$206 million to protect U.S. government facilities

$381 for research and development, including pathogen genome sequencing,
vaccines, new therapies, detection and diagnosis, decontamination, and
disposition of nuclear material.

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Computer Security

The President?s FY 2000 request includes $1.464 billion for protection of
critical infrastructure and computer security.  This represents a 40%
increase in the two budget years since the President created the Critical
Infrastructure Protection Commission.

The highlights of this program include:

Critical Infrastructure Applied Research Initiative ($500 million)

Intrusion and Detection Systems:  In addition to ongoing Department of
Defense funding, $2 million will be spent to design and evaluate a similar
system for other Federal agencies

Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs):  As part of the
public-private partnership, we will provide $8 million to support the
initial establishment of ISACs

Cyber Corps: This program will address the shortage of highly skilled
computer science expertise in the government and enable agencies to recruit
a cadre of experts to respond to attacks on computer networks.  It will use
existing personnel flexibilities, scholarship and financial assistance
programs, and $3 million to examine new scholarship programs to retrain,
retain and recruit computer science students.

Counter-terrorism Security

In addition to the programs above, the President?s FY 2000 budget request
for all anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism programs is $8.547 billion, a
12% increase over the FY 1999 enacted level and an 18% increase over FY
1998.

The President also requested a supplemental appropriation in FY 1999 of
$2.064 billion after the Africa bombings.  This includes $1.4 billion to
provide additional security measures to diplomatic and consular facilities
and rebuild the two embassies destroyed in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.

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