Jul 07 2009
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill provides a 7 percent increase for the agency over the FY 2009 spending level.
In FY 2009, DHS received a 6.2 percent increase over FY 2008.
In FY 2008, DHS received a 23.2 percent increase over FY 2007.
The DHS appropriations bill contains 23 congressional earmarks, costing $156 million.
The bill also contains 8 earmarks requested by the president, costing $160 million.
To view a map of the United States with each earmark plotted on the map, click here
Dr. Coburn's Amendments to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill:
1. Amendment ___ – Requires all contracts, grants awarded under this act be competitively bid.
This amendment would require all contracts and grants awarded under this act to be competitively bid.
Click here for additional background on the amendment
2. Prohibit the Payment of Bonuses to Government Contractors for Poor Performance
Taxpayers are outraged that in a time of economic crisis where working families are losing their jobs and making hard choices about how they spend their money, the federal government continues to pay out bonuses and award fees for contractors who perform unsatisfactory work.
This amendment would prohibit DHS from paying out bonuses to government contractors that have failed to complete their contract work in a satisfactory manner.
The federal government has awarded billions of dollars of examples unwarranted federal bonuses over the past decade.
The Department of Homeland Security could save taxpayers millions of dollars every year by linking award fees to outcomes and adding transparency to how federal bonuses are awarded.
Click here Bonus Fee amendment background
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