NTEU Chapter 296
National Park Service
  • General breakdown of funding to the NPS for this fiscal year.
    Jan 14, 2021

    General breakdown of funding to the NPS for this fiscal year.  Note that the total, which include LWCF/Great America Outdoors Act funding, is now $4.89 billion.   That's a lotta money.

    Division G: Interior Appropriations – Division G provides a total of $3.123 billion in discretionary appropriations for the National Park Service in FY 2021, a decrease of $254.6 million from the FY 2020 appropriation, but $330 million more than the president’s budget request.  The decrease from the FY 2020 appropriation is almost all a result of the Land and Water Conservation Fund annual appropriation now being a mandatory appropriation due to passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.  NPS land acquisition amounts are not counted among the discretionary appropriations amount mentioned above.  The reduction from the FY 2020 level also is a result of a $23 million recission of unobligated land acquisition funds and a few smaller reductions in other accounts.  However, when the mandatory appropriations from the Great Americans Outdoors Act ($1.3 billion for deferred maintenance projects, and $473.8 million for NPS land acquisition and related grant programs from the Land and Water Conservation Fund) are added to the discretionary appropriations, the total funding for NPS and related grant programs in FY 2021 is $4.89 billion.  This total appropriation is divided among the following accounts:

    • $2.688 billion for Operation of the National Park System (ONPS), an increase of $111.3 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $171.6 million above the president’s budget request.  The amount appropriated for ONPS includes:
    • $8.3 million for new responsibilities for new and existing parks; 
    • $22 million for rebuilding the workforce of NPS; 
    • $36.3 million for fixed costs; 
    • $10.28 million for Everglades restoration; 
    • $135.9 million for repair/rehab projects; 
    • $188 million for cyclic maintenance; 
    • $5 million to the National Park Foundation for Centennial matching projects;
    • $3.9 million for Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers;
    • $15.2 million for the National Trails System; 
    • $8 million for the United States Semiquincentennial Commission, and 
    • $3.3 million for the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act.  
    • The conference report approved the transfer of $3.3 million in NPS funds as well as the associated employees to a consolidated departmental ethics office under the Office of the Solicitor.  
    • $74.1 million for National Recreation and Preservation, an increase of $3 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $40 million above the president’s budget request.  Within the account, the bill provides:
    • $10.7 million for the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program; 
    • $3 million for the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network; 
    • $1.9 million for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Grants program; and 
    • $22.8 million for National Heritage Area grants.  
    • $144.3 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, an increase of $25.6 million above the FY 2020 enacted level and $103.6 million above the president’s budget request. Within this amount, the bill includes:
    • $70.6 million for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices; 
    • $25 million for Save America’s Treasures grants;
    • $7.5 million for competitive grants for National Register eligible or listed properties;
    • $10 million for competitive grants for Semiquincentennial National Register state-owned listed properties; 
    • $21 million for competitive grants to preserve the sites of the Civil Rights movement; and
    • $10 million for grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
    • The conference report noted the appropriations committees continued concern about the Department’s draft regulation of March 1, 2019, to modify the longstanding procedure used to nominate properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and reiterated its directive to complete meaningful government-to-government consultation with Tribes, other federal land management agencies, State and tribal historic preservation officers, or other key stakeholders prior to finalizing or implementing the rule. 
    • $223.9 million for Construction, which is a decrease of $165.4 million from the FY 2020 enacted level and $31.2 million above the president’s budget request.  
    • $15 million for the Centennial Challenge program, which is equal to the FY 2020 enacted level and $15 million above the president’s budget request.

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