By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 3:22 PM
The Department of Homeland Security received a nearly 3 percent boost in discretionary funding, to $43.6 billion, in President Obama's 2011 budget request.
The money includes $200 million to pay state and local costs of securing terrorism-related trials; a 10 percent increase, to $950 million, for Federal Air Marshals; and $734 million to deploy up to 1,000 whole-body-imaging scanners at airports that use radio or X-rays to detect objects hidden beneath clothing.
To pay for new ships, the Coast Guard would trim its 42,000 active-duty force by slightly more than 1,100 people. The Border Patrol, which has doubled over a decade to about 20,000 sworn agents, would shrink by about 180 agents to focus on maintaining its workforce. DHS also would cut spending on border technology by $225 million, to $574 million, because of delayed deployment on the U.S.-Mexico border.
For the full budget request, click here.