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FY 2012 Funding Approved
Appropriations Act of 2012
provides full-year funding
for the nine unfinished
fiscal year 2012
The Consolidated Appropriations
Act of 2012 has been
passed by Congress and
is expected to be signed by the
President. The bill provides full-year
funding for the nine unfinished
fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills,
including the Financial Services and
General Government bill which
funds the Judiciary.
Overall, the Judiciary received
$6.97 billion, about a 1 percent
increase above the fiscal year 2011
enacted level, and $206 million above the House bill and $36 million
above the Senate bill funding levels.
"The funding level we received in the
omnibus bill, while a modest increase
above fiscal year 2011, represents a
significant achievement. It is clear that
Congress again made the Judiciary a
funding priority," said Administrative Office
Director, Judge Thomas Hogan. "The
credit for this success goes to Judge Julia
Gibbons, chair of the Judicial Conference
Budget Committee, her colleagues on
the Committee, judges involved in our
congressional outreach efforts, and staff
here at the AO."
The omnibus bill funds the courts'
Salaries and Expenses account at $5.02
billion, slightly above the fiscal year 2011
level, and $224 million and $45 million
above the House and Senate bills, respectively.
The bill provides full funding for the
Defender Services, Court Security, and
Fees of Jurors accounts based on revised
requirements for those accounts.
While fiscal year 2012 funding levels
are relatively positive, they reflect two
prior years of near-hard freezes in funding.
Cost-containment initiatives undertaken
by the Judiciary have mitigated, in part,
the potentially catastrophic effect of low
"It is critical that these efforts
continue, especially as Congress is likely
to further constrain spending in FY
2013," Hogan cautioned. "As Congress
debates deficit reduction alternatives
over the coming year, we will continue
to emphasize the resource needs of the
Judiciary and the impact of budget cuts
on federal court operations."