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Obama 2011 budget request: Commerce Department

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 12:51 PM

The Commerce Department would see a significant decline in its fiscal 2011 budget under President Obama's request, as funds for several big programs, including the decennial census and the transition to digital television, disappear. The Obama administration has allocated $9.1 billion to the agency, a 34.4 percent decline from the year before. The new budget proposal is more in tune with what the agency has historically been allocated.

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In addition to the census, the department funded a large program to subsidize the transition to digital television as broadcasters began abandoning analog signals. The agency also had received a boost in funding to carry out elements of Obama's stimulus bill.

In the 2011 budget, the administration highlights new funding for federal testing of nanotechnology, computer security and energy conservation systems.

In addition, the administration underscores its new funding for ensuring the rollout of broadband Internet access in underserved areas as well as support for satellites that will make it easier for federal agencies to track weather patterns.

For the full budget request, click here.


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