Smithsonian Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Budget Request Totals $957 Million

February 15, 2018
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The Smithsonian’s fiscal year 2019 budget request to Congress is $957 million, an increase of $100 million from the appropriation enacted in FY 2017 continuing resolution total of $857 million. Most of the increase will be allocated to Facilities Capital to cover the major renovation project at the National Air and Space Museum scheduled to begin later this summer.

Facilities Capital

The Facilities Capital request for FY 2019 is $220 million, with $127 million for Air and Space; $10 million to repair the roof of the facility at the Hazy Center that will house large artifacts from Air and Space during the renovation; $19 million for the National Zoo’s ongoing infrastructure work; $6 million for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York; and $4 million for completion of the National Museum of American History west wing renovation. An additional $17 million will be allocated for facilities planning and design.

Salaries and Expenses

The S&E account request for FY 2019 is $738 million. This includes
$3.5 million for fixed cost increases (rents, utilities and communications). This includes $5 million for stabilizing the overall condition of the buildings and replacing security equipment.

A budget summary for the FY 2018 continuing resolution (CR) level and FY 2019 request follows:



Fiscal Year 2018

CR level

Fiscal Year 2019

Salaries and Expenses (S&E)



Facilities Capital


Planning and Design for future projects

Construction (collections storage module)












Total Accounts




* These numbers were not available because final appropriation was still pending.


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Linda St. Thomas