Smithsonian Fiscal Year 2008 Federal Budget Appropriation Totals $682.6 Million

February 4, 2008
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The Smithsonian's FY 2008 budget appropriation from Congress is $682.6 million, an increase from the $634.9 million appropriated to the Institution in FY 2007. The FY 2008 appropriation is $562.4 million for salaries and expenses and $105.4 million for the facilities capital account. The Smithsonian's FY 2008 appropriation also includes a $15 million Legacy Fund, established by Congress to address the Institution's facilities repair needs. Each federal dollar of the Legacy Fund must be matched by twice that amount in private contributions before the full amount is made available to the Institution.

The Salaries and Expenses account covers most of the mandated federal pay raise, rents and utilities, salaries and benefits, utilities, travel, routine maintenance, security and other operating expenses. The Facilities Capital account includes construction, renovations or revitalizations, and planning and design.

Salaries and Expenses
Among the S&E changes in the FY 2008 appropriation are an increase of more than $22 million to cover most of the mandatory costs of legislated pay raises, utilities, rents and an additional $1.4 million for security requirements to include improved security screening for staff and contractors and more stringent identification badge systems.The FY 2008 appropriation also includes an additional $9 million for planning and staffing of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will be located on the National Mall near the Washington Monument at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.

Facilities Capital
The FY 2008 Facilities Capital appropriation has no new construction projects, but does include $9.8 million for alterations to Pod 3 at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, Md. When completed, the huge storage building or "pod" will provide space for anthropology and art collections, as well as other artifacts that require special environmental conditions.

Most of the Facilities Capital funds for FY 2008 are directed toward revitalization, essentially the repair or replacement of building systems that have been delayed for many years. Among the major revitalization projects scheduled this year are National Museum of Natural History ($22.1 million for heating and air conditioning replacements, renovation of exhibition halls, and replacement of elevators and air towers); the National Zoological Park ($18.5 million—$9 million of which is for the Asia Trail II: a new elephant habitat and trails and the remaining funds are for upgraded fire protection systems and structural repairs); and the National Air and Space Museum ($8.4 million for electrical systems).

The Smithsonian has operated its greenhouses on land that has been leased from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest Washington. The area is scheduled for redevelopment and, as a result, the Smithsonian will have to find a new location for its horticultural operations. A new facility, supported by $2.8 million in FY 2008, will be built near the Museum Support Center.

An additional $29.5 million has been appropriated for a variety of other revitalization projects, along with $14.3 million for planning and design.

A budget summary of the FY 2008 and FY 2007 appropriations follows:

  Fiscal Year 2007Appropriation Fiscal Year 2008Appropriation
Salaries and Expenses (S&E)
Facilities Capital
Planning and Design
Legacy Fund
Total Accounts