DOJ budget highlights ‘law and order’ priorities, but cuts funding and personnel
By Brian Seay
While President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal includes about a billion dollars in cuts to the Justice Department — including thousands of personnel cuts — violent crime reduction and immigration enforcement efforts would see hundreds of millions in additional funds.
For the “law and order” president’s proposed budget, the DOJ requests $27.7 billion for fiscal year 2018, down 3.8 percent from this fiscal year, according to a budget summary released Tuesday. That includes cutting 9,928 agents, attorneys, analysts and other workers in a department with slightly more than 100,000 people on the payroll.
While Congress will no doubt revise much of what’s in the president’s budget, the proposal shines a light on priorities for both Trump and his top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Under the proposal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would lose 42 workers, including an attorney and 20 agents. But the agency would get about a $36 million funding boost from the previous year, including $6.5 million in additional funds for the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, which evaluates and shares ballistics intelligence. The ATF would also allocate an additional $4 million to help expedite National Firearms Act applications.
To fund the president’s Feb. 9 executive order calling