On March 23, President Trump reluctantly signed into law the FY 2018 omnibus averting a shutdown and keeping the federal government running through September 30, 2018. President Trump was very frustrated with the omnibus's failure to deliver $25 billion for his promised southern border wall and an immigration enforcement surge. Despite Trump's frustration, the omnibus delivered a $5.3 billion funding increase to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including massive investments in border infrastructure, staffing at ports of entry, technology like non-intrusive inspection equipment (NII), and anti-opioid equipment.
Ferox Chief of Staff Lucia Alonzo has partnered with our friends at CT Strategies
to launch a new monthly Budget Update. In this first update, we examine the FY 2018 omnibus for its impact on the homeland security sector, and what the political tug-of-war over the package might mean next year.