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April 2011

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Federal Judiciary Funded to End of Fiscal Year


The Judiciary received its fiscal year 2011 funding in mid-April, along with the rest of government. Final FY 2011 funding for the Judiciary is $6.91 billion, about 1 percent above a FY 2010 hard freeze level.

“We are grateful that in these times of serious budgetary concerns the Congress has recognized the cost-containment efforts of the federal Judiciary in recent years and has provided fair and sufficient funding to meet the Judiciary’s most important needs,” said Administrative Office Director Jim Duff. It is expected that the funding will be sufficient to support operations for most Judiciary accounts, including the largest accounts—Salaries and Expenses, Defender Services, and Court Security.

"We are grateful that in these times of serious budgetary concerns, the Congress . . . has provided fair and sufficient funding to meet the Judiciary's most important needs."

In particular, Duff noted there would be enough funding in the Defender Services account to allow payments to Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys for the remainder of the fiscal year, including the backlog of deferred payments. Four times this year, payments to CJA attorneys were deferred when money ran out under the continuing resolutions.

The FY 2011 full-year appropriation also provides $82 million to the General Services Administration for new construction projects and $280 million for repairs and alterations. No project level detail was specified for this funding.