Molly Walker

One thing to keep in mind when looking at budget request numbers: If your agency’s budget shows the same number for the fiscal 2013 request as the estimated enactment for fiscal 2012, your budget was actually slightly cut. Even though the numbers are the same, your budget would have to increase slightly to account for inflation in order to remain steady.

For example at Commerce, “Departmental Staff Services” would get $24M in fiscal 2013–the same amount it’s expected to spend in fiscal 2012–that represents a real decrease of 1.92%.