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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 10, 2000



The President's FY 2001 budget includes more than $1.1 billion to reduce further the risk of loss of life from terrorist attacks on our overseas diplomatic missions. This represents an increase of over $500 million in additional Federal funds to address enhanced security needs of diplomatic and consular facilities overseas. The request also includes $3.4 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal years 2002 through 2005 to provide a solid foundation for long-term building needs.

The budget for embassy security represents a steadfast commitment to the security of our employees overseas, including full funding of security readiness measures, substantial increases for security improvements to existing facilities to deter and reduce the effects of attack, and a robust program of new construction to replace inadequate, vulnerable facilities.

The proposals for additional security will be complemented by a review of how the U.S. Government manages its overseas presence as called for in the recently completed report of the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel. The Secretary of State will lead this review to ensure that the U.S. maintains an efficient and effective presence overseas.

The new budget for enhanced embassy security includes several major components:

New Construction

Increase Protective Measures

Sustain and Improve Security Readiness